She said, “Do Not Sleepwalk Through Life.”

Tonight, I heard someone say that they pay too much money while at college to get less than an A. It is true, it is incredibly accurate and true. This made me think about my life, how I have studied (or how I haven’t), what I do during my free time, and now currently about how my life will unfold during the next year. The year 2018 is my graduation year, it intimidates me and makes me nervous because I’ve never excelled at anything in an incredible way. I have not thrived nor made anyone proud nor been great. For some unfortunate reason, I have not given it much thought and much to my parents’ dismay I have acted ungrateful… and I cannot imagine how stressful that may feel for them. Yet, I have little to no time to do so, or so I believe. Wasting time kills… it’s frightening.

I have been living and doing things to just get by and just pass, surviving without really living brightly or exuding life out of me. Something I enjoy is reading devotionals online that other people write or put on Instagram or something like that. I am a firm believer that Christian women in our society, and all women for that matter, should do all they can to lift each other up and encourage each other. I follow a particular page that is called Daughter of Delight. It’s made by women for mostly women and it’s been a blessing to me. Not too long ago, I read a devotional recently entitled “Do Not Sleepwalk Through Life” and I’ll share an excerpt of it on here because although I did not dwell on it as I should have, the words in it definitely led me to think better about myself, how I could live and improve myself for His glory, to be admirable to my parents, and be of a greater influence on my little sister one day. Anyhow, this quick devotional reminded me and all the readers that the bible is a strong aide and guides readers and followers of God to remember the dangers of being lazy, zombielike, and unphased as they walk through life. Yet, only through constant quality time with God will anyone remember these things. [{Luke 21:36: “Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.” (New Living Translation) }]  During some time in my life, I know I must have read this because I have read the book of Luke before, but this left so much of an impact on me now that I am reading it again and It made me think that keeping myself alert, or functioning, or with a purpose, is not just for me in general or not just for school. I need to be alert to function in front of God’s glory so I can be a positive influence for all those I come in contact with; after all, I often say that’s my goal. Life sometimes throws so much rubbish at us, death, sickness, and pain are all inevitable things and we cannot do anything about our miseries but to keep walking and pressing forward. The point is, if we’re alert then we can thrive in the midst of pain and chaos. If I’m alert, then school won’t be so much of a drag, money won’t be such a burden, and life can be full of joy, regardless of *whatever comes.

  • “Sometimes, Satan’s attacks against our faith are not loud and direct. Often they are subtle and distractingly alluring, designed to slowly destroy God’s work in through things that look good, but are not. Almost as if quieted by a worldly lullaby we can find ourselves taking the easier options and making choices that meet our desire limitations instead of God’s expectations. Are you in a spiritual slumber? Has the routine of your relationship with God fallen quietly complacent, even comfortable? Spiritual sensitivity to God’s presence keeps our hearts on alert to the schemes of the devil and open to the will of God. This awareness is gained through spending time with our King and actively reading and responding to His word. These actions lead us to be fully awake to the life we were designed for. Peter writes, ‘Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.’ (1 Peter 1:13 ESV). We are called to live in a manner that is ready for action- awake, aware, and alive. ‘For the mind set on the Sprit is life’ (Romans 8:6 ESV) Today is the day to wake up and start truly living. Don’t sleepwalk through your life. 
    • words by shea_brianne @soulfullyshea.com

I will continuously read these words of affirmation and encouragement, I hope you are encouraged by these words as well. Have a blessed day 🙂

*Listen to Rend Collective. Kay bye.

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