Trusting Jesus in the Messy

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Trust 〉〉 reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence

Trust can sometimes be a complex thing. There are some situations that we find it easy to trust. There are other times, however, we build walls up and refuse to rely on someone other than ourselves. As much as I hate to admit it, there are areas in my life that I hesitate to give it all to Jesus. One specific area is my future.

The future can be really exciting or absolutely terrifying. In these recent weeks God has been pressing the word “trust” on my heart. I’ve started to dig deep and look at what fully trusting in Jesus looks like. A few days ago I was driving to work listening to the radio. I don’t even remember which “Bethel Music” song I was listening to but when I felt God put a certain phrase on my heart and mind, there was no denying it. It was the simple phrase: “There is beauty in surrender”

I quickly wrote the phrase down in my journal {which is dangerous to do while driving and I don’t recommend it}. I’ve been thinking about it like crazy ever since that morning. What would our lives look like if we fully surrendered every part of our lives to Jesus, fully trusting in Him?

I cannot say that without clarifying that our trust can’t be circumstantial. This is not a matter of trusting Him while everything is good and going our way. This is about trusting Jesus even in the messy. Even in the most broken times of our lives. In the confusing and dry seasons of life. He is good all the time so why shouldn’t we trust in Him all the time?

Trusting Jesus in the messy makes me think of Xander Hall. A good chunk of his life was spent in hospitals and doctor’s offices undergoing more tests and chemo treatments than a young boy should have to. To others, Xander’s life might have looked broken and sad. But to those who really knew him, we only saw hope. We saw God’s mercy. We saw trust. Trust that no matter what would come his way, God would be near and faithful. Not only this, but God brought peace to Xander’s friends and family. It will never ever feel right to say I’m going over to see 3 Moore children instead of 4. It makes me sick to think that while Charli, McClain, and Carter {almost jokingly} call me “Nanny Pag”, I will never hear Xander call me that here on this earth. But I do know this: trusting in Jesus means trusting in the hope that I will see Xander again.

Facebook-20151010-015323     〈〈 My favorite picture of Xander taken in 2011

Trusting Jesus in the messy makes me think of Donna Sherman. She recently lost her sweet husband far too early. I cannot begin to imagine the emotional and even physical pain of this great loss. But do you want to know the greatest thing? She continues to trust Jesus. Although it’s broken. It’s messy. It’s not ideal at all. She can trust because of this hope and peace that surpasses all understanding. And one of the best things about it is that she has this hope that she will see him again. This hope that only Jesus can give. Oh how thankful I am for that truth.

IMG_5784 (1)  〈〈 Donna and I {isn’t she pretty??}

Jhett Skaggs’ life is a pure depiction of trusting Jesus in the messy. Jhett was only 10 months old when he needed a heart transplant. His new heart came at a perfect time {God’s timing, of course} but he is at a point where he is in need of another one. He re-listed for a second heart in November of 2012 and is still waiting. Nothing about this situation is fun and it takes so much patience. So much trust. Trust that God has a plan even when we don’t understand in the slightest way. The truth is, only He sees the greater picture. He orchestrates everything in this world so beautifully and we have to trust His timing. How lucky are we that we get to trust in the One who created all of us so intricately? I’d say we are pretty fortunate. With that being said, please join me in relentless prayer for Jhett and his family. Prayer is so powerful and we need to make our requests known to God. He listens and He is oh so faithful.

Facebook-20151013-033122  〈〈 My favorite picture of Jhett.

Trusting in Jesus makes me think of Paul’s story. If you’re not familiar with it, go read Philippians. It’s an easy read and it is so worth it. Paul was in prison for the gospel, yet he trusted in Jesus with his whole heart. He even talks about rejoicing. I would love to think that if I were in his shoes I would be saying the same thing but the truth is that I’m not sure my initial reaction would be like Paul’s. But do you know why he had that attitude? Trust.

The bottom line is this: life will be messy. It will be broken because we live in a sinful world. God never told us that this life would be easy and he never said we would be free from suffering. But oh friends, trusting in Jesus is so worth it. Trusting in Jesus is fun. Trusting in a relationship that will never fail you and never forsake you is refreshing, exciting, and beautiful. I am choosing to trust Jesus in the messy and in the broken because nothing satisfies my heart more. What will you choose?

Proverbs 3:5〉〉 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Thanks for letting me share my heart!

〉〉 Paige Elizabeth 〈〈

Top 10 things I wish I knew in high school

High school can be a very fun time and it can be a very difficult time. High school is when you start to learn a lot about yourself. You get to decide how you will react to certain situations and what kind of reputation you wish to maintain. Will you be the quiet girl in the back of the class room? Will you be the athletic guy that everyone wishes to be like?

High school was both fun and difficult for me. Now that I have been out of high school for a full year, I started thinking of things that I wish I would’ve known during that time of my life.

1.) The drama does not matter.

I will be the first to say that every high school has some type of drama. That part is quite inevitable when you put several teenagers with different personalities together in one building. Now, let me also be the first to tell you that all of that drama literally means nothing after you graduate. I find myself laughing at dramatic situations that I once thought would “ruin my life”. My best advice would be to avoid it at all costs, however, as long as you handle every situation with a Christ-like attitude you will be just fine.

2.) Do not let that “mean classmate” bring you down.

I firmly believe that as every school has drama, they also have that mean girl or guy. I bet as you read that first sentence, at least someone came to your mind. We all deal with that one person who is just cruel without ceasing. But please hear me out on this. Before you go straight to defensive mode, giving any comeback you can, think about what Christ would do (yes, I played the WWJD card). No matter how much their words hurt, love them. No matter how many people they point their harsh words  at, love them. Because the thing is, we have no idea what that person is dealing with. They could be dealing with a battle far greater than we can imagine. So how amazing would it be if you were the one who showed them Christ’s love? When everyone else hates them and fuels their bitter fire, you could be the one who is different. The one who is gentle and compassionate. It might not be the cool thing to do. It might cost you some friends. But it’s so worth it.

3.) That boy who broke your heart will become a distant memory eventually.

This one is for you lovely ladies out there. I know what it’s like to feel like your heart is just shattered by a boy. I know the feeling of thinking “wow, I’m going to die alone with 72 cats!!” This thought was always particularly disturbing for me considering my dislike for cats. But please believe me when I say that is not the end of your world! You might be sad at first. It will hurt for a little bit. It will not last forever though! Eventually you will start to see God’s plan unfolding. You will understand why it didn’t work out. You might even look back and laugh at the fact that you were so torn up about it. The most important thing through all of it is remembering that God has such a divine plan for your life and He is most definitely working things out for your good and His glory.

5.) Even if you don’t have a date, go to Prom.

It seems like there is so much pressure on having a prom date. If you have a date, that’s so great. If not, go with a group of friends! Get all dressed up {but modest is the hottest, ladies}. Have a night dedicated to fun and dancing {as long as it’s clean dancing because you should always leave room for Jesus 🙂 }.

6.) Keep up, not catch up.

This one is more for after you graduate. My sweet friend Rachel {the pretty blonde pictured above} was the one who shared this one with me. High school is a time you can make precious, life-long friends. Rachel is an example of that! When you find those friends, make it a priority to keep up with their life. Avoid trying to play “catch up” all the time but be truly invested in their life and keep up with what is happening!

7.) Your parents are right 99.9% of the time.

I know if you’re a teenager reading this, you’re probably cringing at the thought of your parents being right. You’re probably thinking “Yeah right, they don’t remember what it’s like to be a teenager!!” But oh friends, they do. Looking back, I can’t think of an incident when my parents weren’t right. Believe it or not, they actually want the best for you. Some parents express that differently than others. But the honest truth is that they really do know what they’re talking about.

8.) Don’t put so much pressure on the perfect ACT score, or getting accepted to the perfect college.

{Parents or teachers reading this: please understand that by no means am I saying education is not important. I’m currently going to college majoring in Elementary Education and I value education wholeheartedly.} But here’s the thing, high school students. That ACT score that you have does not define you. The truth is, it doesn’t matter where you go as long as you’re seeking Jesus through it all and you’re bringing glory to Him. I’m definitely not saying that you shouldn’t try hard because you should always strive to do your best. But trying to reach this unattainable goal of being perfect will leave you exhausted. Focus on trying your best and giving glory to Jesus throughout the whole journey.

9.) Invest your time in something that matters.

High school is such a good opportunity to share the beautiful and redemptive story of the cross. Unfortunately I didn’t fully realize that until after I graduated. Think about it though. You’re around the same people everyday each school year. You could impact so many people just by sharing His love and His story. Don’t take the opportunities that you have for granted.

10.) Always, always, always find your identity in Jesus.

Throughout high school, you will find yourself putting your identity in other places. Whether it’s sports, academics, or even people. You will never be satisfied and will always be searching. Always remember where your identity is found and if you have trusted Jesus and made Him the boss of your life, you are truly a child of the King! And I can’t think of anything greater than that.

Quick tip: one thing I did that really helped was putting a little note on my steering  wheel. Here is a picture of the note: 

 I put this note on my steering wheel the day I started my senior year. It wasn’t removed until my dad secretly took it off the day I graduated to put it in a cute little shadow box as a present. {isn’t he the sweetest?!} It was such a big help for me because I would see it every morning before I would walk into the school. Although I wish I could take credit for it, I got the idea from Ryan Young, my dean green school year at Super Summer. He challenged all of us to do that and now I’m challenging you. I promise it will make a difference in your attitude when all you want to do is go back to bed (trust me, I’ve been there). 

I can only hope and pray that this will make an impact on some high school student somewhere. I pray that the student reading this right now will trust Jesus in every situation high school will bring, living to serve Him and make Him known.

Thanks for reading!

〉〉 Paige Elizabeth 〈〈

Wait for a Man Who…

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One of my favorite subjects is dating. You can ask any of the 6th-9th grade girls who attend my bible study and they will probably tell you that every conversation turns into a dating story or dating advice. Please don’t mistake this for me being any kind of expert; that is definitely not the case here. Let’s just say I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and I’ve chosen to learn from them instead of letting them define me.

Here’s where I will start: Ladies, wait for that special man who will pursue your heart!! I firmly believe that christian dating (that sounds so horribly cheesy, doesn’t it?) should be so intentional. We shouldn’t want to waste time on any guy (as great or as average as they may be) if we don’t see a future with him. Now, please hear me out. I’m not saying that once you start dating a guy, you should break up with him because you don’t want to marry him right then. I would be silly if I said that (please forgive me for the use of the word “silly”, some of my best friends are 10 and under..)! What I’m saying is that if you can’t see the guy as a potential future spouse, do both of yourselves a favor and end it. There is no point in risking feelings growing stronger only to be crushed eventually.

I believe that marriage is so biblical and here’s why: Our relationship should be a representation of God and the Church. God’s love was not only powerful but it was sacrificial. He sent His only son to die such a painful death for our sins. That’s how much He loved us and knew He wanted to be with us! God continues to pursue us even when we try to run. Don’t you want a guy who will do the same? Who would lay his life down for you if need be, always pursuing you even after he already won your heart.

Wait for a man who will respect your purity. This is such a vital one. If I have learned one thing from my amazing mentor Ricki Lea Moore, it is what purity truly means. She has always pressed the idea that purity is so much more than just abstaining from sex before marriage. It is having a pure heart and pure mind as well. Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is purewhatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.” God didn’t press it upon Paul’s heart to write that for no reason at all. He wants us to be pure in every way, starting with our minds.

Wait for a man who will lead you closer to Jesus. It is the man’s place to be the spiritual leader. Now, does that mean you just sit there like a bump on a log and make him do it all? Absolutely not! As women, we are supposed to encourage and pray for them. Learning from each other and making each other better followers of Christ.

Wait for a man who you can spend the rest of your life worshiping Jesus with. If you are with someone who doesn’t have the same relationship with Jesus that you do, how do you expect to grow in Christ together? 2 Corinthians 6:14 says “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” I have learned this the hard way. Dating someone who is not evenly yoked with you will leave you empty and dry. You will find yourself being brought down instead of the other way around. Missionary dating is a good thought, however, it usually doesn’t work.

I’m going to wrap this up with a sweet little quote:

“Dance with God and He will let the perfect man cut in.”

Alright. Let’s all take a minute and laugh at how undeniably corny this is!!

Okay now that we’ve gotten over that, there is some serious truth to it. We need to focus on seeking Him first. Following hard after Him, passionately pursuing a relationship with Him. And then if it’s God’s plan for a romantic relationship to be in our lives, it will happen.

Psalm 37:4 says “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” And that gives it to us as plain as day. When we are truly taking delight in Him, He will give us what we desire. Here’s the trick: As we are truly seeking Him, His desires will become our desires. And how amazing would that be?? So. Seek Jesus first. Delight in Him. Let Him pursue you. Be patient and wait for the man that Jesus has for you. 

Thanks for reading!

〉〉 Paige Elizabeth 〈〈

Are you content?

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My life has been fairly easy so far. I have never had to worry about having a place to stay or having enough food to eat. I have the most wonderful parents and an amazing {and ornery} little brother. More importantly than that, I have a relationship with the most incredible heavenly  Father. Yet sometimes I still find myself wishing for more. I believe it started when I was in the 9th grade.

Freshman year in high school was probably the first time I had really been interested in guys. Although I knew I didn’t want a boyfriend at the time, I would allow the {oh so convincing} worldly pressures tell me that I needed one to be happy. I had a few relationships on and off throughout high school, however, nothing ever lasted too long.

Now let’s fast forward to my freshman year of college. Within the first semester I could not seem to get rid of the ache and longing for a romantic relationship. I always felt like something was missing. It wasn’t until that next semester that God began to deal with my bitter heart and teach me about contentment.

Contentment in Jesus. I cannot explain to you how beautiful it is to find contentment in Him. To find joy in Him. To find identity in Him. I began to stop searching for a man in my life. I began to seek Jesus first. Although I still don’t have that “special guy” in my life, I trust God because He knows what He is doing. There may not be a guy out there for me at all and that is okay with me because I have Jesus! {Trust me, I haven’t always been able to say that}

As Christians, our joy should not be circumstantial. Paul teaches us this lesson in Philippians. As he was in prison for the Gospel, he was writing a letter about rejoicing in Christ.. while still in PRISON. If Paul can rejoice in Jesus through that, we can too in our most dry and dark seasons of life. And THAT is where contentment comes in. When we’re finding joy in Christ, how can we not be content in the blessings He gives?

A dear friend of mine said something to me once that will never leave me: “We should be content but never satisfied.” and how true this is!! Our relationship with Christ should never reach a point where we are satisfied with it staying the same. We should always be striving to seek Him further and deeper, all the while being content in Him!

I will leave you with this: finding contentment in Jesus was one of the best decisions of my life. I have grown deeper in Him and He has been so faithful and true. SO. Are you finding your contentment in Him? And if your answer is no.. I encourage you to make that choice. That daily decision to lay your life down, find joy in Him, and declare that He is enough!!

Thanks for reading and letting me share my heart!

〉〉 Paige Elizabeth 〈〈

About Me

My name is Paige Elizabeth and I’m just your average college girl. I have a passion for Jesus and a passion for writing so I thought I might as well put the two together! Throughout my recent life, there have been many blogs that have truly inspired and helped me at just the right moments {something only God could have administered himself}. My hope is that this blog could be the same. God’s glory is beyond beautiful and my desire is to show a glimpse of His glory through my writing.There is nothing special about me but my God is oh so special. I’m just here to be the messenger.