Day 31: A recap
…Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)
As we come to the end of this devotional, be encouraged in knowing that in Jesus name, you belong to the Lord and there isn’t anything that you’re going through that is too big for Him. Whether you came into this devotional just looking for some motivation along the way or you’re faced with big trials in your life right now, I want to encourage you to not give up in those moments where you’re feeling stagnant or unmotivated or anxious or heartbroken. God is the One who will strengthen you in these moments, so open up your heart and let Him in. Through Jesus Christ, He will give you everything you need, whether you’re feeling like you’re an 100% or 10%. Let Him recharge your life…not just when you’re feeling weak and empty, but every single day. Let Him continue to:
1. Recharge your perspective
Continue to let your mindset be completely Christ centered. There’s no need to let past experiences and outside influences shape your point of view when Jesus is supposed to be your point of you. Keep on seeking Him even when it comes to the way you think!
2. Recharge your heart
The Lord is near to the broken hearted, so don’t try to carry your heart issues around on your own. Whether the issues are big or small, there’s no need to try and pull through this alone. Go to Him!
3. Recharge your desires
Carefully consider what you desire the most in life. Continue to pray daily asking the Lord for His will to be done and not yours, because what He has in store for your future is far greater than anything you could try to come up with on your own.
4. Recharge your commitment
Put your faith into action. Make an effort every single day to live a life that is pleasing to God and a testimony to others of His faithfulness.
Biblical context + further reading: 2 Corinthians 4
Day 30: Recharging your commitment
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. – Romans 14:8
Take a moment and think about your life. Are you where you thought you would be at this age? Have you accomplished what you set out to accomplish? As you think about these things, be careful not to only think of earthly accomplishments such as graduating from school, working in a certain line of work, or even getting married and having kids. Instead think about the life you live for the Lord. Think about the opportunities you’ve had to serve Him. Think about the places you’ve gone, the things you’ve done, the people you’ve met, and the experiences you’ve gathered along the way. Even if you’re not where you thought you would be, God has still brought you a long way, and even if this were your last day on earth, no matter what, you belong to your Heavenly Father who loves and cares for you so much and He has, and is still blessing you every single day. So don’t let the way you think about your life be determined by if there’s a certain ring on your finger or a certain diploma hanging on the wall. Don’t compare yourself to the people you graduated high school with. Instead, focus on living for Him. It doesn’t matter what earthly accomplishments you have to your name. What matters is who you are in Christ and the wonderful opportunity you have every single day to live for Him. Let this beautiful truth be your motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Let this be your motivation to change your perspective, to open up your heart, and to focus on desiring Him. There’s so much more to life than hoping for more material things and striving just to make it through. Take a deep breath and let God fill your cup. As we come to and end of this devotional, remember these words of the psalmist:
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73:26
It is in Him alone that you will be recharged and refreshed and ready to embrace whatever lies ahead. Continue to hold onto this!
Biblical context + further reading: Romans 14
Day 29: Recharging your commitment
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. – James 1:2-4
Three things to remember when you’re faced with trials of many kinds:
1. If we’re truly honest with ourselves, ‘considering it pure joy’ whenever we’re faced with trials isn’t exactly easy to do. Take a moment and think about the biggest trial you’ve ever had to deal with in your life. Did you consider it pure joy in that moment? Whether you answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to that question, know that regardless of how you reacted in that moment, God was still working in you. Your faith was being tested in a way that wasn’t draining you, but making you stronger. This is was it means to persevere. This is what it means to recharge.
2. When faced with difficult things, I know it may seem like you’re being emptied out day by day, becoming more and more exhausted and less and less motivated to move on, but know that God is doing a mighty work in your life and in this process, through Him, you are lacking nothing. And my dear friend, this is nothing at all to sit on. This is something to get up and shout from the mountain top because that’s just how amazingly gracious and loving God is! Even when you’ve been thrown the most challenging, heartbreaking battles, He is doing a marvelous work in your life.
3. So don’t just read this and turn the page and never look back. Dig into God’s word on a daily basis so that you can be reminded just how true this is for every single thing you’re going through, no matter how big or small. This is important because even though if we had it our way, we wouldn’t have to deal with trials, we are still going to face them in the future. But when we learn put out trust in God by continuing to be joyful no matter what comes, we mature in our faith, getting stronger and stronger along the way.
Biblical context + further reading: James 1:1-18
Day 28: Recharging your commitment
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10 (NIV)
Three things to remember when it comes to God approval vs. people approval
1. Don’t do what you do for other people but for the Lord
When you begin to truly live a recharged life for Christ, abandoning your fears and fully embracing your opportunities to serve Him daily, other people will begin to notice. People will notice your joy and your positive attitude and they may even compliment you on these things. But don’t let this be your motivation for a Christ centered life. Even though the life you live for Christ may inspire your family and friends and maybe even positively affect the way they see you, never let that be the reason you do what you do!
2. People pleasing is emotionally draining…never rely on it
Sometimes when we are received well by family members, or friends, or maybe even someone we’re interested in, it can be tempting to try and keep that up. And while this might work for our ego for a little while, if we center our relationships on people pleasing, we will constantly be competing with anything and everyone to keep that person’s attention and to keep that person approving of us. This is no way to live. Let what you do be because God has placed it on your heart to do it, not because of how others respond to you. I know it can be tempting, but it’s far better to be a servant of Christ than to try to please other people…even when it comes to people you really care about. Continue to seek God approval!
3. Other people will be influenced by your example as a servant of Christ
When other people begin to see how much your relationship with Christ is truly changing you, they will want to have that in their lives, too. And because you chose the route of God approval or people approval, this becomes a wonderful witnessing opportunity to point the people you know to Who matters the most!
Biblical context + further reading: Galatians 1:1-10
Day 27: Recharging your commitment
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Two things to remember about living a recharged life:
1. The only way you’re going to be able to move forward is through Jesus Christ!
Sometimes it’s hard to think about recharging our lives in a way that pleases God because we feel stuck in the past. We feel like we can’t move forward because there are still things that are pulling us back. Whether it was a bad patch in our relationship with someone or something that happened in our family, we can start to fear moving forward because what we’re leaving behind feels so heavy. However, don’t let your past cause you to become paralyzed to the point that you feel like you can’t move forward. In Christ Jesus, you are a new creation and whatever it is from your past that has you feeling like you’re missing pieces or that you can’t start over is made new in Christ. Now this doesn’t mean that you will never ever again have to deal with the results or consequences of your past, because maybe that person who caused pain in your life is still in your life. Maybe the scars that represent a dark part of your past are still there. But the difference that Jesus makes is that you are no longer restrained by those things. You are no longer a slave to what you’re leaving behind. So whatever it is that have been draining you emotionally, mentally, spiritually—find peace in knowing that the old is gone now and Jesus has made you new. So embrace the newness that He brings into your life today, because this is the only way you will be able to recharge and actually move forward.
2. This is your fresh start
It doesn’t take a new year or turning a new age or hitting a new milestone in life to start over. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 6:11 that we must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. In Christ, we are supposed to start over. We are to die to the sin that keeps us separated, and start over, living a life that brings glory to Him!
Biblical context + further reading: 2 Corinthians 5
Day 26: Recharging your commitment
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2 (NIV)
What God has to offer you as a woman who follows Christ is so much greater than anything this world has. Keep your priorities centered on Him even when you’re being tempted and tested from every angle. This is what it means to put your faith into action. Don’t allow yourself to slip into a place of complacency, allowing the enemy to slip in and try to take control. Ask the Lord for strength to actively pursue His pattern, and not the world’s pattern. Even when it comes to:
1. What friends are trying to influence you to do
Though friends are often well meaning, be careful that you’re not relying solely on friends for advice and inspiration on how to live life. Even if God has placed a good group of core friends in your life who love the Lord and are on the same page as you, know that just like anyone else, those friends have their own thoughts and opinions, too. Remember this especially when it comes to big decisions in your life. Whether it has to do with college, relationships, family issues—God’s pattern is the one you need to be pursuing. There’s nothing wrong with discussing things with your friends, in a healthy, non-gossiping way, but make sure your friends are the kind of people who not only respect that you’ve committed to listen to God’s voice in your life overall, but they are doing the same thing in their lives as well!
2. Family, tradition, and culture
Maybe you’re desiring marriage but you come from a family that doesn’t believe in getting married young. Perhaps you’re passionate about a certain line of work but your family thinks you should do something else. While God’s word does tell us to honor our parents, we must remember that it is God that we honor the most. Whether your family are believers or not, gracefully share with them that you seek to honor them, but most importantly, you seek to honor God with your way of life!
Biblical context + further reading: Romans 12
Day 25: Recharging your commitment
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14 (NIV)
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? Is it that you know you have to work in order to pay bills? Is it that you know that you have to go to school in order to be able to work in the field of your choice? Whatever it is, the mere fact that you’ve been waking up every morning, getting ready, and doing anything at all means that you know how to press on. You know how to find enough motivation to do what you’re supposed to do and get done what needs to be done. Whether your goal is a paycheck, graduation, or a promotion, so far in your life, you have acquired some kind of skill of pressing on. But the question is, what about pressing on when it comes to the things of the Lord? What about pressing on when:
1. You’re waiting to hear back from someone you thought you could count on
2. Your family is asking a lot of you when you’re already exhausted
3. You’re making it to work but not in the mood to talk or engage or be fully present
4. You’re making it through school but you’re just not passionate about it anymore
5. You’re reading your bible, going to church, but you’re still not feeling like you’re getting anything out of it, and you feel that your faith is suffering.
If you’re dealing with anything like that in your life, know that it’s time to see that your ability to press on is so much more than just showing up. It’s so much more than saying “I’m a Christian.” It’s about waking up every morning and realizing that through Christ, you are headed heavenward. It’s about realizing that even though the days can sometimes run together and even though you might completely lose your passion for things you used to love, through Jesus Christ there is motivation to continue and be strong in Him. Now that Jesus has come into your life, that doesn’t mean it’s time to coast until you go to heaven. It’s time to live for Him, pressing on, knowing that where you’re headed is worth rejoicing about today.
Biblical context + further reading: Philippians 3:1-14