4 Girls 1 Purpose

We are girls who love Jesus and have a passion for encouraging & equipping others to be all they can be for Him!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Watch & Learn

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and
work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
{Matthew 11:28-30, MSG}

There was a time when my dad was going to teach me (Baylee) how to fish. But before I continue with this story, you have to understand, my dad grew up out in the country. Going fishing was a regular outing for him. He would basically call himself a pro. As you can imagine, my expectations for this lesson were high. So, now back to the day when he was going to teach me this skill. It started a little something like this. "Here honey, let me show you how to do it." In his demonstration he put his hands on the fishing rod, casted it out & caught a big, fat, truly MASSIVE... tree. That's right, he caught a tree. In case you're wondering, neither my dad nor I are master fisherman these days. Practically speaking, it's obvious that my dad was out of practice. However, the principal remains true, we learn best from watching. And it just so happens that on that day, I learned how not to catch a fish!

We don't have to walk through life blindly. Jesus is literally inviting us to watch & learn from Him. It's just like in school. A good teacher is not going to give his students an algebraic equation & expect them to be able to solve it without first breaking down the formula. God, desiring for us to learn, has given us a guide book that breaks down what is means to be a follower of Christ - the Bible! Not only that, but He's made the Holy Spirit available to live as a guide for whoever would accept Jesus. Here's a simple formula to lay it out: God's grace + our surrender = abundant life. We are called to follow His example. We are called to love Him & love others. This is the only way we will be able to learn the unforced rhythms of grace (which we will talk more about in blog #3).

How can we watch and learn today?
Read God’s word & listen for God's voice. We can’t learn how to do what He wants us to do if we’re not constantly and consistently reading the Bible. We not only need to watch, but we need to listen. Proverbs 3:5 in the Message version says, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.” How can we separate God's voice from the other voices in our lives? NOTHING that comes from God will contradict His Word! If what you're hearing lines up with the Bible, you can trust it. If what you're hearing does not line up with the Bible, you can be sure it is not coming from God!

All the love,
Kendall, Baylee, & Brelin xxx

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Walk With Me

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
{Matthew 11:28-30, MSG}

We absolutely love these verses. There is so much power and freedom found in them! Today starts our first ever “blog series”. This blog that you are reading right now is part one of a three part blog series. In each blog we will touch on different parts of these verses. Today we want to look at…

“Walk with Me…”

First thing’s first… Who is “me”? In this statement, Jesus is “me”! He is inviting us to walk with Him. How amazing is that?! Let’s talk about a walk. There can be something so intimate about taking a walk with someone. Picture for a moment a movie, a movie you’ve seen where two people (likely love interests) are going for a walk together. We’re imagining one of our favorite movies, While You Were Sleeping. One of the turning points in the movie is when Jack is walking Lucy back to her apartment. On that walk, they talk. They get to know each other. It’s just the two of them… walking together and talking together. They are falling in love with each other on that walk!

Do you realize that God wants us to walk with Him? But the crazy thing is, He’s not just talking about a quick stroll around the park, or a walk back to our house. He is talking about an every second of every day kind of walk.

"Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted." {Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭30‬ MSG}

It's crazy cool that God loves us so much, that when we don't recognize His love for us, He grieves. He doesn't need us and we've given Him absolutely no reason to love us, but He cares for us SO deeply that He wants a genuine, intimate relationship with us anyway. Our relationship with Jesus is the most intimate thing we could ever experience. He invites us to walk with Him, and on this walk we can fall deeper and deeper in love with Him as we get to know Him better.

So how can we better walk with God?

W - Wake up to God daily. Start everyday out by having time with Jesus. Everyday. But remember that looks different for everyone! Maybe you start with prayer time, maybe you read your Bible, or a devotion, or all of the above! Find what works best for you & Jesus.

A - Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you. Ask Him to give you open eyes to see where He is leading you and an open heart to be willing to follow.

L - Love & be loved. Well, we probably should switch these two around. How about, be loved and love! Allow Jesus to pour out His unconditional love upon you and then love others with all you’ve got! The way we love and serve others is a beautiful testimony of how great God is.

K - Keep a running record of how God works in your life. When you’re walking intimately with Jesus, He is going to do amazing things in your life! Make sure you write them down. Life happens and sometimes it’s easy to forget how faithful God has been… but when we write down what He has done and is doing in our lives, it is such a blessing to be able to re-read and reflect on that.

All the love,
Kendall, Baylee, & Brelin xxx

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Steak & Potatoes

Isn't it crazy that when we were kids many of us attempted to plan our whole lives out? Remember, we decided what we wanted to do with our lives when we grew up. We decided how old we would be when we got married. We planned out how many children we would have by a certain age. However, reality sets in at a certain age. Some of us reach young adulthood and we are not married and we have no kids. Others are still in college working on a degree different from the degree they were working on when they started school. If any of this sounds familiar to you and you have not reached certain goals yet, don't worry. God is not through with your story yet. He is not through with ours either. Thankfully, there are many unwritten pages in our future. Stay faithful! His plan will be revealed in the proper time. The other day, God gave us an analogy. When we are at restaurant with a plate of steak and potatoes in front of us, what are the thoughts going through our minds? Probably something along the lines of, “Wow, this looks really good!” “I can’t wait to eat this!” “I’m so hungry and this is exactly what I need!” Most likely we are not thinking about the fact that they didn’t serve us dessert first. We aren't pitching a fit or crying in our seat because we want dessert. No, that would be silly! We know that dessert is eventually coming, so we excitedly eat what we have and patiently wait for what's to come. Now, you might be wondering where we are going with this... we are actually going to take a few different directions, so buckle up.

1. We need to be content with what we have. God promises to take care of us (see Jeremiah 29:11). When we have steak in front of us, we shouldn’t complain or worry about the dessert that we have already preordered. We know it's coming, so we should just wait and enjoy what we have. In this case, the dessert might be that future mate that you’ve been praying for. Maybe God has promised that He is going to bless you with someone, so you need to wait and just eat the food that God has provided until that time comes.

2. You can’t live off of sugar alone. Have you ever eaten dessert first and felt really sick after because of the sugar overload? It seems like a good idea at first, but after you realize it isn’t worth it. We have to fill up on the steak and potatoes that God has given us. He isn’t withholding the dessert, He just wants to make sure we are properly nourished before the dessert comes.

3. God’s plan is perfect. He knew us before we were born and had a divine plan for our lives. We need to trust that He is going to provide for us daily. He will bring certain people in our lives when the time is right. Just remember, He sees the big picture. If we saw what God saw, we would be a lot more apt to do what He says. May we all have the faith to believe that God will do what He says He will do! (Because He will!)

All the love,
Kendall, Baylee, & Brelin xxx

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don't Despise Small Beginnings

There is a really good chance that you’re frustrated with where you are in your life. You know you want to do amazing things for Jesus. Maybe you want to be a worship leader and lead thousands in worship, but right now you’re leading 20 (on a good night). Maybe you’re passionate about finding a cure for cancer, but right now your biology class is beating you up AND taking your lunch money. Or maybe you dream of being a wife & stay at home mom, but you’re single… and see no husband material anywhere. 

Let us encourage you with something:
Don’t despise small beginnings.

So. Many. Good. Things. Begin small! Often times the greatest things come from beginnings that seem useless and mundane. But when we are faithful with the small beginnings- with the daily grind of being committed to what God has called us to do right now- God can and will do incredible things. Easter is coming up this weekend… Did you know that Jesus’ powerful resurrection (you know, the one that changed the world forever!) started with a small beginning?

“At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancĂ©e, who was now obviously pregnant. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.”
{Luke 2:1-6}

Out of all the ways the savior of the world could have entered the world, God chose to send Him as a baby. He was birthed in a stable and laid in a manger. Beginnings don’t get any smaller or any more un-glamorous than that! God’s purpose was to save the world through Jesus’ death & resurrection. His small beginning was necessary to see the full plan unfold. YOUR small beginning is necessary to see God’s full plan in your life unfold! Here’s another example: David. The shepherd boy who slayed the giant Goliath. David was small, weak, young, but faithful. God used his small, ordinary beginning to defeat the giant and eventually become king of Israel. And these are just two examples from the Bible, there are countless other small beginning stories!

Let us encourage you with something else:
God does have an incredible plan for your future, but He also has an incredible plan for your “right now”.

Often times we are so focused with what His plan will be for us in the future that we miss His plan for us right now. If you’re leading 20 people right now, be ALL IN. Give God & those 20 people all you’ve got. Don’t focus all your efforts on complaining about your small beginning that you miss the amazing things God is doing in & through your “right now”. Stay the course. Be faithful to His leading. And be thankful for your small beginning!

All the love,

Kendall, Baylee, & Brelin xxx

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Balak, Balaam, & God's Crazy Faithfulness

Numbers 22 starts out with a man named Balak, the king of Moab, being quite afraid of the people of Israel. And truthfully, he had every right to be. The Israelites were making their way to the promised land and “taking care of” anyone who stood in their way. (And by “taking care of” we actually mean destroying). The Israelites have traveled through the plains of Moab and are camping east of the Jordan River, across from Jericho. Verses 4-6 in chapter 22 say,

“The king of Moab (Balak) said to the elders of Midian, ‘This mob will devour everything in sight, like an ox devours grass in the field!’ So Balak, king of Moab, sent messengers to call Balaam son of Beor, who was living in his native land of Pethor near the Euphrates River. His message said: ‘Look, a vast horde of people has arrived from Egypt. They cover the face of the earth and are threatening me. Please come and curse these people for me because they are too powerful for me. Then perhaps I will be able to conquer them and drive them from the land. I know that blessings fall on any people you bless, and curses fall on people you curse.”

Balak’s messengers set out to deliver this message to Balaam and pay him to place a curse on the people of Israel. Once the messengers arrived, Balaam told them to stay overnight, for in the morning he would tell them whatever the Lord directed him to say. That night Balaam and God had a conversation… Balaam gives God the low-down on what’s going on. Then verse 12 happens. “But God told Balaam, ‘Do not go with them. You are not to curse these people, for they have been blessed!” The next morning, Balaam tells the messengers that God has instructed him not to go with them, so they return to Balak. Balak is not okay with this! This time he sent “a larger number of even more distinguished officials than those he had sent the first time.” (Verse 15) These guys deliver to Balaam another message from Balak, in which Balak is literally begging Balaam to curse the Israelites. Balaam replies with the most awesome response probably in the history of ever. Verse 18 says, “But Balaam responded to Balak’s messengers, ‘Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord my God.” That night, Balaam has another conversation with God. This time God tells him that he may go with them, but he is only to do that God tells him. On Balaam’s journey some craziness happens as he has a conversation with his donkey. Yes, you read that right! You can read that account in verses 21-30.

Balaam and Balak are now face to face. They build seven altars there and Balaam has another conversation with God. After he talks with God, he shares with Balak, “How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the Lord has not condemned? I see them from the cliff tops; I watch them from the hills. I see a people who live by themselves, set apart from other nations.” King Balak gets a little upset with this message. In verse 11 he replies, “What have you done to me? I brought you here to curse my enemies. Instead, you have blessed them!”

Balak is a pretty persistent guy. He reckons that if Balaam can’t curse all of the Israelites, maybe he could just curse some of them. Logical, right? (Wrong. So, so very wrong). Balaam tells him to hold his horses (paraphrase :) ) and he goes and meets with God again. Balaam then delivers another message to Balak from God. “Rise up, Balak, and listen! Hear me, son of Zippor. God is not man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it! No misfortune is in His plan for Jacob; no trouble is in store for Israel. For the Lord their God is with them; He has been proclaimed their king. God brought them out of Egypt; for them He is as strong as a wild ox. No curse can touch Jacob; no magic has any power against Israel. For now it will be said of Jacob, ‘What wonders God has done for Israel!’ These people rise up like a lioness, like a majestic lion rousing itself. They refuse to rest until they have feasted on prey, drinking the blood of the slaughtered!” (Numbers 23: 18-24) HELLO! That’s a lot to take in, isn’t it?! Can you imagine Balak’s response? Take a second. Soak it in. What do you think he says?

Balak’s response is almost comical. We can imagine him saying this in a valley-girl accent. (He probably didn’t, but it’s still fun to imagine.) In verse 25 he says, “Fine, but if you won’t curse them, at least don’t bless them!” Balaam is then like look bro, I’m just doing what God has told me to do! So Balak, being the persistent fellow he is, decides to take Balaam to one more spot saying, “Come, I will take you to one more place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them from here.”

Chapter 24 is awesome! Verses 1-9 say, “By now Balaam realized that the Lord was determined to bless Israel, so he did not resort to divination as before. Instead, he turned and looked out toward the wilderness, where he saw the people of Israel camped, tribe by tribe. Then the Spirit of God came upon him, and this is the message he delivered: ‘This is the message of Balaam son of Beor, the message of the man whose eyes see clearly, the message of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open: How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob; how lovely are your homes, O Israel! They spread before me like palm groves, like gardens by the riverside. They are like tall trees planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters. Water will flow from their buckets; their offspring have all they need. Their king will be greater than Agag; their kingdom will be exalted. God brought them out of Egypt; for them He is as strong as a wild ox. He devours all the nations that oppose Him, breaking their bones in pieces, shooting them with arrows. Like a lion, Israel crouches and lies down; like a lioness, who dares to arouse her? Blessed is everyone who blesses you, O Israel, and cursed is everyone who curses you.”

Verse 10 says that Balak flew into rage against Balaam! He was furious that not only did Balaam not curse the people of Israel, he blessed them not once, not twice, but three times. So Balaam is like dude, don’t you remember what I told you before? Even if you gave me your palace, I would be POWERLESS to do anything against the will of the Lord! He closes their time together by telling Balak what the Israelites will do to his people in the future. As you can imagine, they’re not going to be baking cakes together.

Here are a few things that stood out to us as we were studying these chapters:

1. We are reminded that God’s plan will not be thwarted. God made a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3, and that was not going to be broken. That is such an amazing testament to God’s faithfulness to all of His people- past, present and future. God doesn’t change, so if He was that faithful to His people back then, He will be just as faithful to His people now. His faithfulness extends from generation to generation! How incredible!

2. We get a taste of God and His character. In Balaam’s second message to Balak, he says, “God is not man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through? Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!” (Numbers 23:19-20). God’s faithfulness in this account between Balaam and Balak is nothing short of the most incredible encouragement ever. He is higher than we are, wiser than we are, and more powerful than we are. 

3. The entire time these events were taking place, the Israelites were camped out in their tents. They had NO IDEA this was taking place. How insane is that!! This made us think, how many times in our lifetime… scratch that… how many times in our DAY is God fighting for us? Probably more times than we could even count! In light of this, we are reminded of Romans 8:31b that says, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Seriously. Think about that. He is SO worthy to be praised!

We want to encourage you, wherever you are, whatever you are doing right now, to pause and pray. Thank the Lord for being faithful. Thank Him for His protection and provision. Thank Him for being all-knowing. Thank Him for making all things work together for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose. Thank Him for being for us!!! How great is God!

All the love,

Kendall, Baylee, & Brelin xxx

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Now Not Yet

Recently, I heard something from a study group I'm in weekly, the phrase "Now not yet". When this was said, it was being used in the context on Jesus bringing heaven to earth right then during the cross sacrifice and then defeating death 3 days later. The idea that Jesus has brought glimpses, I guess you could say, of heaven to earth, but will one day come back and rule His people (that's gonna be freakin' great). After hearing the explanation and quotation of the phrase, my mind immediately went to where I feel my struggle is right now. My calling. 

Early on in life after my salvation, God revealed to me that He wanted me to be serving in ministry as my job one day. Right now, I lead worship and even feel called to do that on a grander scale. So that's enough base on where my calling is to move on with this, I believe.

Alright, so... This has been probably the biggest burden and hardest thing to deal with for me. I'm an expectant person, and also just very impatient at times. It's something I work on, but hardly succeed in, my patience. I like things to move quick. God called me at the age of 13 to ministry and I began leading worship at the age of 14. It's been about a 4 year journey or so of learning to lead worship effectively and having the pure heart in it all. I feel called to do it. In fact, I know I'm called to do it. But this year something changed, going into my senior year. I had a sense of restlessness as I hadn't seen much progress of my surroundings, when I felt that I was doing all I could. Frankly, it sucks to hear your calling, but then everything after that just seems quiet and still.

My favourite person from scripture (aside from Jesus) is Joshua. Joshua is a dope dude. The guy's got faith bigger than the oceans, is warrior in prayer, and literally a warrior. I love looking and seeing my boy Josh pray for God to do impossible things, like hold the sun in the sky instead of setting it into night. God was faithful to His promises with Joshua! That's what I've always wanted to model in my calling with Christ, is the boldness of Joshua, his huge faith... But when I look in Joshua chapter 6, it shows the struggle,  the perseverance. Am I willing to march like Joshua? 

Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.” (‭Joshua‬ ‭6‬:‭1-7‬ NIV)

God promised Joshua the land, the promised land that his people had been delivered from slavery for... This was a huge deal. The waiting already required, the wandering in the desert. Ready to take the city, a wall stood between the victory. As did words. God's words had Joshua wait. Actively wait in faith. In position to attack, Joshua marched. He freaking marched. The warrior. He didn't march because it made sense or because it would show him progress... He did it cause that's where God placed him for 7 days. To see through the season, to obey in days 1,2,3,4,5,6 and then see his provision and promise on the 7th day. God is a God of course completion. He isn't giving up when the calling is quiet, in fact I believe God quiets our calling so that we can hear Him speak personally and intimately. Calling is such a crazy and great thing, that often it can sit on the throne of our lives over The One who has called us to the work. God sometimes hushes the noise to remind us of Himself, The One thing that will remain beyond any work or age or day! 

For this reason, rejoice in the silence! It was 7 days of silence for Joshua and the Israelites. The message paraphrase even says it like this in regards to what God ordered Joshua to conduct in those days   
Joshua had given orders to the people, “Don’t shout. In fact, don’t even speak—not so much as a whisper until you hear me say, ‘Shout!’—then shout away!” (‭Joshua‬ ‭6‬:‭10‬ MSG)

When the silence comes, God is getting ready to unleash His glory! The quiet before the promise. God might have bestowed the calling now, but I'm convinced that the full promise hasn't happened yet. God isn't done. God didn't stop at Jericho with Joshua, so why would He be limited to one victory and provision in my life? God doesn't change and is still working today! Silence is a step in the promise, take heart! God isn't done yet. I keep having to remind myself of this in situations I face.

Now not yet. Let that be something we always believe. Never becoming complacent, but asking God to keep moving forward through us. God has called us now... Not yet have we seen the full glory of His promise and calling!

Much love guys, hope it's the best day of your lives, and thanks for reading. 


{Meet Zac}

Zac Crook is one of our very best friends. We could talk forever about how awesome he is... but a few things you absolutely need to know about him is that he is out of this world passionate about Jesus. Zac is one of the greatest encouragers on the planet! He is also an extremely talented worship leader. We are so honored that he would be a guest writer for 4G1P!

Check out this video of Zac singing "Sinking Deep" by Hillsong Young & Free:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Art of Keeping It Simple

We're about to get real for a minute. 
Here is comes...
 Not something we're proud to admit buuut *drum roll*... 
We over complicate things. 
If we're each being honest, we could insert our name into the sentence "Hello my name is __________ and I'm an over complicater." Seriously, this can often be us if we're not careful! Possibly even nine times out of ten. Someone says, "Thank you" and the initial reaction is, "Aw they are so sweet and polite" but then over-analyzation kicks in and thoughts such as, "Oh but I wonder if they really meant 'thank you' or if they actually meant 'you're an idiot'" cross our minds. Next thing we know half of our day has been spent thinking about this person's possible hidden motives when they said the simple, "Thank you". 

Why do so many of us do this? Why do so many of us over complicate life? It may be the small things that really get to us. It can be the little details that seem so simple until we decide to knit pick them to shreds. Or maybe it's the big events or decisions in life such as where to go to school, who to marry, what passions to pursue etc... Sometimes (actually, all the time) we just need to stop, breathe, and take things back to the basics.

Crazy thought: God is crazy about us. He loves us so much so that He sent Jesus for us. {John 3:16!} There was and is no "on second hand..." when it comes to God's love for us. He loves us SO MUCH that He sent Jesus to take on our sin so that we could be forgiven forever. Jesus came, was perfect in every way, was crucified in our place, and then rose from the grave solidifying He was who He said He was. Jesus conquered death. It is as simple as that. Trust Jesus. Surrender to Him. Remain in Him. That's all we need. Jesus is all we need.

Crazy thought number 2: God doesn't need us. He is 100% complete within Himself. He doesn't need humans to be complete. However, He chose us. He chose to love us first. Here God is as the Author of creation, needing nothing, but choosing to have a relationship with us. Amazing.

So when we're over complicating life, when we're over complicating our everyday situations let's remember that God wants us to keep it simple so much so that He made it simple for us. Let's always take it back to His amazing love.

Here are some things that we like to remind ourselves to help us keep it simple:
•God is true to His Word. If He said it, we can be sure it's going to happen.

•God never contradicts His Word. He never does or will do anything that goes against what He has said.
{The Bible teaches in Titus 1 that it is impossible for God to lie! Titus 1:2}

•God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God's Word and His amazing promises don't change because our God doesn't change.

All the love,
Kendall, Baylee, & Brelin xxx

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Not Just A Suggestion

The mission field is everywhere. Just look around, we are surrounded by people in dire need of a Savior. We are called to be the light and go out into the nations. Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This passage of scripture is called The Great Commission, not The Great Suggestion. It's our privilege to share the love of Jesus with those in our circles of influence!!

How can we do this?

A really great way to participate in the Great Commission is by sharing your story! We want to encourage you to write out your testimony. Sometimes sharing your testimony, or even just writing it out feels really intimidating and overwhelming. But, no fear, we want to break it down to make it simple.

1. Life before Jesus: Think about what your life was like before you came to know Jesus. Maybe you had a past of addiction or abuse. Or maybe you were like us and grew up in church... Regardless, you haven't had a relationship with Jesus for your whole life, so write down what your life was like before you met Him.

2. How and when you came to meet Jesus: Where were you? How old were you? It's perfectly alright if you don't remember if you got saved at 3pm on a Tuesday. But if you truly have a relationship with Jesus, you should remember the moment that you invited Him into your heart. Simply write that out!

3. What your life has been like since coming to know Jesus: How has your life changed? 

We want to encourage and challenge you to keep your written testimony with you... If you're too shy to tell it to someone, allow them to read it! The bible says that we overcome with the blood of the lamb (Jesus) and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11)! Our testimonies can soften the hearts of people who don't yet know Jesus. It can open their eyes to the fact that they need a relationship with Him too!

Once you have your testimonies written out, please send them to us... We'd love to read them!!

Here are ours!

Kendall- When I was 6 years old, I received the greatest gift of my life. I accepted Christ as my Savior and Lord and entered into a personal relationship with Him. It wasn't until I was older that I realized how much God really desired my heart and affection. When I was 15 my family was relocated due to my Dad's job. I had a difficult time handling the move and felt very alone. During those months of transition, I clung to God's Word and really felt His loving embrace and presence in my life. In my most vulnerable times, I knew that God would never leave me just like it says in Deuteronomy 31:6. I fell deeply in love with my Savior and developed a passion for helping others discover that same love and fire for the Lord. Since then, God has called me into full time ministry. No matter what my future holds, I know Who holds my future and that I have the privilege of serving such an Almighty God for the rest of my life.

Baylee- I was born into a family that is in ministry, so I have been exposed to the truth of Jesus my whole life. At six years of age, I understood that God sent Jesus to live the perfect life that I could not live, die the death that I deserve, and He rose from the grave affirming that He was God's Son. The night I understood this, I asked Him to save me. I have been living for Him ever since. I am passionate about reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus and seeing them live out the purpose He has for their lives! 

Brelin- I met Jesus at the age of 5. My dad was a pastor/traveling evangelist and my mom was his biggest supporter. So not only did I hear the Gospel of Jesus preached on a regular basis, I also saw it being lived out through my parents. They had such a contagious love for Jesus and His people! Because of that, I realized early on who Jesus was. One night, at the age of 5, I walked into my parents bedroom and told them that I wanted to "ask Jesus into my heart." I understood that Jesus was God in the flesh and that He came from heaven to earth and lived the perfect life, died the sacrificial death, and gloriously rose from the dead giving me the life I couldn't earn. I surrendered my life to Him that night and have been living with Him ever since!

All the love,
Kendall, Baylee, & Brelin xxx

Sunday, January 18, 2015

There Is No "I" In GRACE

Have you ever tried to put your ability to perform at the center of God's grace? Kind of like, you say His grace is enough for you because He says it's enough... but still you feel the need to prove yourself? Don't feel alone if this is you! We have also been there! The thing is, we had to come to a realization that there is no "I" in "grace".

Grace is defined as the "free and unmerited favor of God".

The thought that we have to keep up the grace we've been given by our ability to perform is a pretty messed up concept & TOTALLY the opposite of what grace actually is! The truth about the gift of grace is that it's 100% FREE. It cannot be earned. It's not about us; but, it is for us to receive. God gives us grace. We get to give our lives back to Him.

"God is all mercy and grace--not quick to anger, is rich in love. God is good to one and all; everything he does is suffused with grace." {Psalm 145:8-9 MSG}

This verse reminds us that God is ALL mercy & grace and that everything He does is suffused with grace. (If suffused is a new word for you like it was for us, no fear... It means that everything He does is "thoroughly filled" with grace!) 

So the next time you feel like you need to prove yourself to God or earn His love, please be encouraged by the fact that the same grace that saved you is the same grace that will sustain you... and God is so full of grace! Don't mistake us now. God's amazing grace is not an excuse to sin. We must try to honor Him in everything that we do! But grace is an incredible reminder that when we do sin, God will never stop forgiving us. {1 John 1:9}

If reading this you realize that you do not have a relationship with Jesus, please know that His grace is fully available to you! Please email us at 4girls1purpose@gmail.com if you have any questions. We'd love to chat with you!

Lots of love,
Leiah, Kendall, Baylee, & Brelin x

Monday, January 5, 2015

You Are Here

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 
{Matthew 6:34}

God’s word tells us not to worry about the future, but instead, focus on today. It’s so easy to try to plan every moment of our future and forget about the day that we are currently living in. At the start of the new year, we create resolutions that we intend on keeping for 365 days. So many times we fall short of meeting all of our goals. Why do you think this is? Maybe because we get ahead of ourselves and get overwhelmed by the huge task. After all, a year is a long time! Instead of throwing the towel in the bucket because keeping a resolution for a whole year is far too daunting, take it day by day and live in the moment. Having resolutions for one day doesn’t seem too hard, right? So just make the same resolution each day and trust that God will provide you with the strength and self control to complete whatever is on your New Year Resolutions list! 
Here are a few simple steps to living in the moment::
A. If you’re always planning your weekend, month, future, pray about releasing your future into God’s hands. Ultimately, He controls your future anyway, so leave it to Him.
B. Maybe you find that you miss a lot of exciting things because you’re always on your phone or computer. Put down your phone and live in the moment. Make memories with your friends, not your phone.
C. Go on adventures. Make memories with your friends and family.
Here are a few examples of how to keep your resolutions::
A. At the start of each day, set a specific time when you can complete your resolution. Whether it’s exercising or spending more time with God, you can find 30 minutes to squeeze it in there.
B. Write your resolution somewhere you will see it often. A mirror, your car, locker or work desk. Keep it in front of you so that you are always reminded. 
C. Tell a few people who will keep you accountable. Right now, contact 3 friends who will make sure you are staying committed to your resolution. A support system is always beneficial. 

Lots of love,
Leiah, Kendall, Baylee, & Brelin xxx