It’s been a serious minute since I’ve sat down to write a blog post. After praying recently, I’ve decided to go ahead and whip out my keyboard and start up again. However, there are a few changes coming with this, and that’s what I’m here to tell you about!
First, my blog is going to be moving to a new website address. There are several reasons for this, but I’ll spare you the details! What’s important is that going forward, all of my blogs will be written and published on http://www.stephaniejayetaylor.com. It’d mean the world if you headed over to that site and signed up for the newsletter to get updates about blogs and more. If you’re signed up for my email list on this site, I’ll try my best to make sure you’ll still be on the mailing list for my new site, but you may still want to throw your email on the new site sign up, just in case! (It’s at the bottom of the home page on the new site. It’s easy to find and only takes one minute!)
Second, I’m starting up a Facebook page to post updates about my writing and also engage more with everyone throughout the week. There, I’ll be putting short writings up. In fact, I’ve already started! To see those, just look up “Stephanie Jaye Taylor” on Facebook. If you like the page, you’ll be all set up for the fun things that are going on there.
Lastly, I just want to thank you so much for reading all my blogs. Your support has been amazing, and I cannot wait to start a new chapter of blogging. I have a lot of dreams stirring around in my head, and a lot of them are making it to paper, and I can’t wait to grow and share with all of you what God has been doing in my life. His faithfulness is truly amazing, and I’m so glad to be back doing what I love most: Writing and writing about Him!
“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” // Psalm 130:5
Hey guys! Welcome back to the blog. If you’ve been here before, you’ll know that this isn’t the first blog that I’ve written on the topic of waiting, (and it probably won’t be the last, tbh). The topic of waiting is something that I am so passionate about. It’s something that is incredibly difficult, but is something that is complelty rewarding if we wait the right way.
We’re all waiting on something in life. A job to come through, a dream yet to be fulfilled, a spouse we haven’t met yet. And in the waiting, it can seem like the thing we’re waiting on will never happen. Worse than that, it can seem like God has complete forgotten about us, and it tempts us to despair and ruffles our trust in God.
But friends, please hear me when I say this: God has not forgotten about you. God is not a God who forgets about His children. The Israelites were wandering the desert for 40 years before they inherited God’s promise for them in Israel. David waited 20 years from the time he was chosen to be the king of Israel before he ever took the throne. And Jesus waited 30 years on earth before starting His ministry and living out the very reason He was here on earth.
So if God’s chosen people, God’s chosen King, and God’s only Son had to wait, chances are, so will we.
But if God didn’t forget about His people, His King, or His Son, He won’t forget about you, either.
In the waiting, it is vital that you keep your eyes on God and your heart in the Scriptures.
Hear me when I say this: In the waiting, it is vital that you keep your eyes on God and your heart in the Scriptures. The waiting season can feel like you’re in a desert with no water – that’s a fact. But we have Living Water through both Jesus Christ and His Word – two things that are readily accessible to us right now. God promises to sustain us when we trust in Him.
God is infinite – He knows every single thing from eternity past to eternity future. He knows what’s best for you, when it’s best for you, and what’s not His best for you.
Along with the waiting season, I’m just as passionate about the reason we wait. I believe God has His very best in mind for us. The best spouse, the best job, the best place for us to live. God’s “best” meaning the things He has for us that He knows we’ll love and that will bring us closer to Him and the person He wants us to become. God is infinite – He knows every single thing from eternity past to eternity future. He knows what’s best for you, when it’s best for you, and what’s not His best for you. That’s why in the waiting season it’s so important to trust God and keep our focus on Him.
If it’s not God’s best – don’t settle for it.
While we’re waiting, we’ll often be tempted with things that look good or even okay. And when we stumble across these options, know this. If it’s not God’s best – don’t settle for it. You will know what God’s best is when it comes. Just like you’ll know what’s not His best when it comes. When Jesus was fasting for 40 days in the wilderness, Satan came to tempt Jesus when He was weak, hungry, and vulnerable. He offered Jesus bread – because Satan knew he was hungry. He tested His identity. He offered Him every thing this world had to offer, if only Jesus would bow down and worship Him.
Satan found Jesus in a season of testing, and offered Him things that seemed “good”, but the consequences would have been disastrous. Jesus met Satan with Scripture, not giving in to any of the enemy’s temptation. Jesus knew His mission, His identity, and His God. Satan’s temptations to settle for anything less failed against it.
So often, we’re blinded by good or okay, that we forget about God’s best.
When we’re in the waiting, it’s easy to only see good or okay. And so often, we’re blinded by good or okay, that we forget about God’s best.
Don’t settle for the guy that shows you attention because you don’t think the “right” guy will ever come along. Take this time to grow in your relationship with God, until He is enough. Get to know the Scriptures about traits a Godly spouse should have, and wait for that guy (and prepare yourself for that person in the process). The wait and the process will be worth it. Promise.
Don’t settle for the job that pays the bills when God’s called you to do something great. Trust that God will open the doors in your life when it’s time. Until then, work well where you are, showing Jesus every chance you get (Colossians 3:23).
Don’t settle for staying comfortable where you are. Instead, prepare yourself for when God moves. Invest in those around you, allow the Holy Spirit to work in you, and spend time with God so He can do everything He wants to do in you while you wait. He will come through in His perfect time. He will.
And every single second you spent waiting will be worth it. He’ll be worth it. His best will be worth it.
And when we do, someday we might just change the world. ❤
Hey guys! Well, today is my 22nd birthday (which I can’t exactly phantom how I got this old in the first place…), and as you may know, I love reflecting on time as it goes along, and so I’d thought about putting together a list of my favorite Scriptures from the past year of being 21. These are my favorite 21 Scriptures that really spoke to me and stuck out to me over the last year while I was 21.
Numbers 23:19– “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”
Numbers 9:18-19– “At the LORD’s command the Israelites set out, and at His command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the LORD’s order and did not set out.”
Romans 12:15– “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”
Jeremiah 29:11– “‘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.'”
Psalm 97:11– “Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.”
Psalm 31:19– “How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in You.”
Psalm 33:11– ” But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.”
Deuteronomy 7:21– “Do not be terrified by them, for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God.”
John 10:10– “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Joshua 21:44-45– “The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
Habakkuk 3:2– “LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.”
Proverbs 4:23-27– “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
Proverbs 10:28– “The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.”
Psalm 139:16– “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”
Psalm 107:2– ” Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story– those He redeemed from the hand of the foe.”
Psalm 145:13– “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in He does.”
1 Peter 2:9– “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”
2 Timothy 4:17– “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.”
Titus 2:14– “[Jesus] who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.”
Psalm 33:18– “But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.”
John 14:12– “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
21 was a pretty good year for me, and I am so excited to see what God has in store for 22!
What are some of your favorite Scriptures right now? Let me know down in the comments.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” -Philippians 4:4
There’s something that seems to be missing among Christians these days. It seems as though all of our joy is gone. It seems like song after song, sermon after sermon, day after day, we’re all talking about trials, tribulations, and just getting through the going through. Now, yes, I’m glad there are songs and sermons that address these things. I think they’re much needed. However, sometimes I feel as if that’s all I hear.
As Christians, I think we’re supposed to be the most joyous people on the planet! Yes, I understand that life happens. We experience pain, loss, and grief, but I also know that even in these things, we have Jesus. When we have Jesus, we have a supernatural hope that allows us to be joyful even in the midst of the hardest times. If we can’t think of a single thing to be joyful about, then the very fact that Jesus has been raised to life, and we’ve been rescued from death to life and we have an eternity up ahead full of spending time with the God of the universe, then that should be enough to cause a well of joy within us. This joy may look differently depending on our season of life. Of course, we’re not expected to laugh when we’ve lost a loved one, or shout from the rooftops when we’re facing the loss of everything we own. But in everything, there’s a joy that can be expressed in all seasons. Whether that joy looks like a calm peace and confidence in God that’s deep within us that allows us to remain unshakeable despite the hardship, or the freedom to laugh and live life to the fullest where God has called us because we know we’re free and safe in Christ.
The world is looking at Christians, and one thing the world needs is true joy. Jesus is the only source of true joy, and those without Jesus should see this source of joy within us. So how do we well up this joy within us when it doesn’t come naturally?
Gratitude. There is little more powerful in a person’s life than constant gratitude. The fact that God has woken us up today is a reason to be grateful. Do you have a job, a car, food to eat? Give thanks for that. A grateful mindset can change our whole day and will evoke joy in our hearts and remind us of God’s unfailing provision.
Go where you’re called and do what you’re called to do. When we do what God has equipped us to do, this evokes joy in us.
Serve, serve, serve. We are much like Jesus when we’re serving. Serving evokes a joy in us because we’re acting as Jesus would—and He knew the formula to joy.
Remember all that God has done. When we remember what God has done in the past, the miracles He’s performed—even if it’s the miracle of the salvation of our souls—we’ll be filled with joy of His faithfulness.
Trust God. So many times we get bound up in worry, anxiety, fear, or trying to figure everything out by ourselves. God never calls us to do this. He calls us to trust Him and allow Him to lead us step by step (Proverbs 3:5-6). When we face every day trusting Him to lead us, we’ll be free to just follow and obey Him, wherever that may lead. It’ll take the loads we were never meant to bear off us and free us up so we can walk forward in His joy.
Remember, Jesus has literally set you free from everything. Death, sin, guilt, and all of the chains that once bound you no longer hold you. You’re set free. Jesus came and died so that you could have full, true, and abundant life in Him (John 10:10), and that includes joy.
So let’s take a moment to check our “joy meter”. If you haven’t been joyful lately, how come? Is there something restraining you from this joy? Take this to the Lord and see what needs to be laid at His feet so that you can walk forward in His fullness of joy. Joy is His will for you and is a powerful testimony that shines bright in the darkness. The world needs what we have, and joy can bring them straight to it. And joy wouldn’t cause any harm to us, either. So let’s get our joy on!
Until next time,
Hebrews 12:2, “For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”