Monday, November 19, 2007

It Starts.

Well, where do I start?

I want to do something here because of several reasons.

1. I know some girls that are really struggling with life. I don't expect them to comment details on here, they have enough trouble without telling the world about it online. So, I want you girls to feel free to email me confidentially. I will provide my email address in the profile. (Moms can email me also)

2. I want to encourage girls that are NOT yet struggling with life issues, so that maybe they can learn be reading, instead of having to take the "field trip."

3. Some people have requested that I do this specifically for a group of girls that I love dearly, having raised most of them from AWANA through high-school. I want you Alabama girls to know that I love you dearly. I also want this to be broader too. I want to hopefully present truth from the Word of God in a format and language that will be applicable to teenage girls all over the country. My heart is to know that you are walking closer with your Savior because you read this. Not that there aren't MANY other locations to get this info. But if I have the chance to write something in a way that it hasn't been written before, then great!

4. Why not?

So, here goes. I want to start at the most fundamental thing... Loving God.

The Bible states in Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:23, and Luke 10:27.

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

In addition to these statements, the fact that loving God is to be an all-consuming lifestyle is protrayed over and over throughout Scripture - specifically in Paul's writings in the new-testament.

When God chooses to say something more than once, I do believe that it is VITALLY important that we listen.... and not only listen, but act on that statement. In this, it is not only a statement - it is a COMMAND! I firmly believe that this one statement could... ummm... WOULD change our entire life focus IF we would take the time to determine what this means to my day-to-day lifestyle.

Let's look at this one piece at a time.

LOVE THE LORD -

To love the Lord is to show it. I could tell my family, friends, husband many times how much I love them - but if my actions do not show it, then do they really know? What if your parents had spent their whole life telling you how much you were loved, but you never were protected from the things around you. They let you eat bad food so that you were unhealthy, let you walk alone so that you were exposed to danger, let you watch bad TV and listen to bad music so that your mind was corrupted. This is not love. Love is protecting those put under your care. Love is an ACTION verb. (Remember 7th grade english, you learned about action verbs right??) To love someone is a choice of commitment, it requires work, time, effort, (maybe) money. (Again, if your parents had never bought clothes to put on your back to protect you from the cold/heat, would you feel loved?)

ALL MY HEART
In order to Love the Lord with all your heart, you need to understand the makeup of your heart. What does this mean to you?
Your heart represents the base of your emotions. In other words, the things you care about. Your heart is the essence of what you are passionate about. You need to CHOOSE to love the Lord.

You love Him, not only by spending time with Him (in His Word, talking to Him)..

You love him by honoring your parents. (EWWW JULIA!!!! Come on!! They are SO unreasonable!!!They are SO old!!! They don't understand living today!) ..I am going to take time out for this one. The Bible says that if you love God, you will follow His commandments, but that if you do NOT follow His commandments, that you do NOT love God, and therefore are NOT His child..... now, in the Old and New testament, it is clear that children are to honor their parents... (so your days may be long upon the earth). This is not even something that stops when you "grow up." Now that I am married, I may make decisions that my parents do not agree with, however, I am STILL under the commandment to honor them with my life. In other words, to live my life in a way that is pleasing to them.

You love Him by making His Word a priority in Your life.

You love him, (as stated earlier) by following His commandments. How do you know what commandments those are unless you spend time in His Word learning what they are?

As girls, our emotions sometimes take control of us. We respond based on feelings more than facts. We need to learn that when our emotions are "loving God" more than anything else, He will help us to love ourselves, our parents and all others in our life as we SHOULD.

WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH
- I don't have much of this. Physical strength.... Yesterday, I was trying to help Ronnie move our TV, I tried to lift it (its a 55 inch). Using ALL my strength, I couldn't get it off the ground!
We are girls, we were meant to let boys do the heavy stuff! It is a wonderful thing! However, we also have emotional strength, spiritual strength... etc. All of it should be used to the glory of God. All of our strength has to be committed to serving Him. You serve Him usually by serving others! What could you do, tomorrow, to serve someone in your work, school, home. This is all part of using your strength to serve God. I know you are busy - trust me - I understand the concept! However, at the end of the day, how cool would it be to be COMPLETELY exhausted because you chose to use "ALL YOUR STRENGTH" to Love the Lord by Loving someone else around you.

WITH ALL YOUR MIND
This is where we lose it sometimes I think. I can love God with all my heart - and even all my strength... but in my mind.

I think this can be two fold.
1. In what we allow to influence our minds. - Do you watch TV and wish your love relationship could be like that? Do you listen to music and wonder when your "prince" is coming to "rescue you?" You can lose a lot of time in life waiting for your "prince" when instead God wants to use that "strength" and "heart capacity" to serve and love others! There are many people, in your world that need your love. They need your emotional strength. They might need your time. For those girls that I spent so much time with... I just want to take a second. I didn't always do everything right. However, I will say, that it is so cool to look back and see how God may have used me in your lives. If I had always been tied up with a boyfriend that wasted my time (cuz I was meant to be with Ronnie) - I might not have had the time to spend with you guys. The cool thing is that now, God has placed many of you in positions similar to mine, there are younger girls looking up to you - and they want your time. THIS is part of using your mind to honor God!

2. In what we do with our "future." Several of those of you that I know, are getting ready to think about college. Your minds are STRONG! You all have TONS of potential. That potential, in God's hands, could change the world. That potential in the devil's hands will leave you useless and ineffective. Don't be distracted by the small details of life when God's plan may be so much bigger than you can even imagine! Use the gifts, talents, abilities, and time that God has given you, to make a difference! Impact someone!

I hope this has been a little bit of encouragement for you all. Take a moment - ask God, as I am asking Him for you, to help you to Love Him with ALL that you are.. your emotions (heart), your power (strength) and your mind...

I love you girls
Julia

3 comments:

ashley clarke said...

julia i am so glad that you are doing this....i have been very busy and have got caught up in things of this world...gossip...friends...boys and waht not....and i havent really been faithfult to the Lord as i should be....i miss our girl nights and the talks we used to have....i get my license a week from today....ahhh....i will be checking the blog every chance i get.....thanks again....missing you and praying for you....

love ya....
ashley

Samantha Hyde said...

Hey Julia! Hope everything's good in VA!! I'm really glad that you're doing this blog! I miss our girls nights! They were soo much funn!!! There were many memories made in your parent's basement! lol! Well, can't wait to see the upcoming thoughts of Julia Mayhew!! Talk to you soon! -Samantha

Anonymous said...

Hello! I'm looking foward too seeing your upcoming post! I've enjoyed reading your blog so far! Luv ya girl!!!
Jennifer Rochester