4 Girls 1 Purpose

We are 4 girls who love Jesus and have a passion for encouraging & equipping others to be all they can be for Him!

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

Sunday, December 21, 2014

What Do You Do When You Don't Know What To Do?


Recently we have been so encouraged by the song "I Will Look Up" by Elevation Worship. The lyrics to this song answer a really important question... What do you do when you don't know what to do?

1. Look up. The song says, "I will look up, for there is none above You." We should look up and remind ourselves that there is NO ONE higher and more powerful than God is. No one.

2. Bow down. "I will bow down to tell You that I need You." When we don't know what to do, one of the best things that we can do is just to tell God how much we need Him. When we do that we are allowing Him to come in and get to work on our hearts & in our lives. 

3. Look back. "I will look back and see that You are faithful." When we don't know what to do, we should look back, and remind ourselves how faithful God has been in the past. If He's been faithful in the past, no doubt He will be faithful in the present! 


4. Look ahead. "I'll look ahead, believing You are able." Friends, God is able! Ephesians 3:20 says, "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." Did you catch that last part? INFINITELY MORE than we might ask or think! He is able to give us infinitely more than we need when we just don't know what to do. 


So, when we feel lost, like we have no clue what to do, let's all remember to look up, bow down, look back, and look ahead! 

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

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Grass Is Always Greener


It can be easy to fall into the trap of saying the all too popular phrase, “The grass is alway greener on the other side.” At times we may crave something else or something new. We think that if we just had that one thing, everything would be better. However, that is typically not the case. In fact, some of the times that we actually receive the one thing that we wanted, we discover that we were better off without it in the first place. Why? Most of the times it is because we simply did not need that one thing. Here is a sure thing, God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our deepest desires and our deepest needs. God wants us to find joy in our relationship with Him. He wants us to be content with what He has given us. Please don't misunderstand. It is not wrong for us to want certain things or to visit other places. However, it is dangerous when we think that other things will make it all better or that another place would be the key to our happiness. In the wise words of Justin Bieber, "The grass ain't always greener on the other side, it's green where you water it." May we all work on being content with what we have, knowing that God will provide everything we need! 

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Recently I was sitting with an elderly lady at church who leaned over and said to me, "Life is too short to be sad. I wish more people were happy." She is right. Life is short. It is way too short to walk around sad especially when we have so much to be thankful for everyday. Think about it for a moment. Waking up each day means that first we can be thankful for another day filled with limitless possibilities. Not to mention that waking up means that we can simply be thankful for the borrowed air that we take in as we breathe. Borrowed in the sense that God has not promised any of us today. This is why I am convinced that today is always referred to as the present. Get it? Today is a present. It is a gift that we can be thankful for because many have gone before us that are no longer experiencing today.

Here is a simple challenge for us all. "Don't worry be happy." This will only happen when we realize the brevity of life and choose to make the most of every opportunity that we have to be encouraging and to be encouraged. Choose JOY. It will prove to be the key to your experiencing happiness regularly. 

JOY - JESUS.OTHERS.YOU

-Shonn Keels

{Meet Shonn}


Not only is Shonn Keels the father of Baylee & Brelin, he is one of 4G1P's biggest mentors and supporters. Shonn is an author, evangelist, and is currently serving as associate pastor at PCBC in Oklahoma. One thing that Shonn loves more than anything is telling people about Jesus! We consider it the greatest honor to have him as a guest writer.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

How To Have Thanksgiving Everyday

"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."    
 {1 Thessalonians 5:18}

It's  November! This means it's going to be Thanksgiving soon!!! Here at 4G1P we LOVE Thanksgiving! We love the time of rest, the time with our loved ones, and we really REALLY love the food! But, most of all, we love the reminder to be thankful! Over the years, this reminder has helped us realize that we can have thanksgiving EVERYDAY!

For us to have thanksgiving everyday, we first we need to grasp who Jesus is. Jesus is love, joy, peace, life, freedom, etc... But let's not stop at these characteristics of Jesus. We need go a step further and define who He is in our lives. The key to having thanksgiving everyday is not only grasping who Jesus is, but defining who Jesus is to you. Jesus is love whether we realize it or not. However, it is not until we stop and look at how His love has changed us and is real in our lives that it becomes personal. Let's start by focusing on one thing that Jesus is to us.

Leiah: Jesus is my strength. In the midst of the mountain tops and the valley lows, He is my strength.
Kendall: Jesus is my comforter. When life gets overwhelming, He is always there to wrap me up in His arms & keep me calm.
Baylee: Jesus is my stability. He is holding me in His hands & He does not ever change!
Brelin: Jesus is my cornerstone. He is the firm foundation I stand on that can not & will not ever be shaken!

It's your turn. Pause right now and ask yourself, "Who is Jesus to me?"

When we make who Jesus is personal, we can turn everyday, every situation, the best or even the worst of circumstances, into thanksgiving!

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

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dark & Broken

I happen to be a very strange human being. I like things that are out of the ordinary, maybe a bit unpolished and scattered with a hint of darkness. I grew up chasing perfection and the art of doing exactly as I was told. There could be no darkness in me, I hid away all my problems and issues. I was the perfect child but I was miserable. I was following all of God's rules but couldn't have been further from Him. 

That's what happens when we chase perfection... a constant disconnect from the One who can heal our imperfections. We need a Savior. I mean, that's why He is called Savior, because we need saving! It is not until we become real with God can we understand that He longs to help up, heal us, and save us. Psalm 118:5 says, "In my anguish, I cried to the Lord and He answered by setting me free." God can set us free! Sometimes it takes us crying out to Him for us to see that He's been there the whole time. He's always there. We don't have to be perfect, He wants to be that for us. Our darkness doesn't scare God, He knows it is needed for us to truly understand why we need Him, the light. 

One of my favorite quotes comes from an organization I highly value, To Write Love On Her Arms, and it states, "The world I believe in is one where embracing your light doesn't mean ignoring your dark." I highly value this organization because of how passionate they are about community. We are not meant to walk alone in all this crazy. We are a collection of brokenness put together again by an incredible, loving God. Despair comes from living day to day in utter silence, scared to talk about darkness. Talking about our issues does not mean we sit in them and accept them, but realize we don't have to anymore. Your darkness is not who you are but it is a story needed to be told to embrace the light that God has given you. Light cannot be seen without darkness first being present. Healing and restoration cannot happen without brokenness. 

I would love to encourage you to get real with the challenges of your heart. Don't hide them, but present them to the Lord and ask for His light to flood the darkness in your life. Ask Him to help you work through them all! 

-Caitlyn Rouse

{Meet Caitlyn}


To know Caitlyn is to love Caitlyn. She is truly one of those people that always makes your day brighter! She loves Jesus so much and lives to express His love through art. Among other things, she is a fantastic dancer, choreographer, and teacher. We are so grateful for Caitlyn and how she's shared part of her story with us!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Overwhelmed

Ever feel so completely overwhelmed you don’t even know what to do anymore? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Life can be tough sometimes! We go through phases that are easier than others and some that are harder. Well, if you are in a spot where life doesn’t seem like it can get any harder (but somehow it does) we have some encouragement for you!

1. Find verses that comfort you and bring you peace such as these… 

“As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” Psalm 119:143

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3

“Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Psalm 55:22

“God’s name is a place of protection - good people can run there and be safe.” Proverbs 18:10

“Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.” Isaiah 41:10

“God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.” Psalm 46:1

2. Ask for prayer. It’s okay to be vulnerable! Go to your family, friends, or a mentor who you know will commit to praying for you day in and day out. It’s important to have people in your life who are going to lift you up in prayer!

3. Find friends who are going to encourage you. Friends who pray for you and encourage you daily are one of the biggest blessings in life! Have a support system so that you know you always have people cheering you on.

After reading over these verses and meditating on them, we hope you feel as encouraged as we did. Study these verses, write them on your mirror or school binder, commit them to memory. Whenever you are feeling down and overwhelmed, be reminded that God is always there for you with open arms! He wants you to run to Him. He wants you to need Him. Let Him embrace you with His loving arms. Surrender all your worry, stress, & anxiety to Him.

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

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Beauty & Things

Wellness. What comes to your mind when you hear (see) that word? For me, when I was first asked to write a blog about wellness my brain immediately said, “health and fitness!” I love working out and eating healthy so I immediately began brainstorming about all of the things I could write about under this “wellness” heading – most of which included all of the reasons why you should work out and eat right. Well, the more I thought and prayed about it, the more the Lord took me in a deeper direction. We’ll get there in a minute. First, I actually want to talk about health and fitness!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” It is important for us to take care of our bodies; for believers, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit! By exercising, eating whole foods and getting enough sleep we are taking care of the only body we will ever have. By taking care of our bodies, we are actually honoring God! There is a danger, however, of slipping into an obsessive mindset when it comes to exercising and eating right (which can quickly turn into dieting). It is SO EASY for your motivation to slip into trying to be as pretty as ________ (fill in the blank) or as in shape as _______ (fill in the blank) or so that you can get the attention of ________(fill in the blank). See where I’m going with this? We slide from desiring to take care of our bodies in order to care for our ‘temple’ right into being fully obsessed with ourselves. I will be the first to raise my hand and say that I am guilty of this! I was listening to a sermon by Timothy Keller the other day and he said that when a “good” thing turns into the “main” thing, it has become an idol in our lives. We live in the age of selfies and photoshop and are CONSTANTLY bombarded with people who are prettier/skinnier/more muscular/more everything than we, in our opinion, are. If we have put our self worth completely on the outward appearance, our self-esteem can take a major hit. Which brings me to my next point.
1 Timothy 4:8 “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

1 Peter 3:3-4 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
If you keep your motivation for healthy living in check, you can focus on what really matters: your INNER beauty! You can grow and develop this inner beauty by taking time every day to get into God’s Word (memorize it, utilize it), praying, and being still in the presence of our loving Father. He wants our hearts! 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “…man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Fight the temptation to constantly compare yourself to others (which is SO HARD to do!) and try to focus only on what the Lord thinks of you. He loves you so much! Let your definition of wellness stay grounded in striving for heart beauty and keep physical beauty where it should be, as a good thing but never the main thing. Our main thing always needs to be keeping our eyes focused on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!


-Kristin Chipley


{Meet Kristin}


Kristin is a worship leader, piano teacher, wife, and full-time Jesus lover. She has one of the sweetest spirits we've ever known! She, along with her husband Marshall, have a passion for encouraging others to be all they can be for Jesus. How excited we are that she has joined 4G1P as a guest writer!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

"...And Live What I Sing"

“And I’ll be the poet who sings Your glory- and live what I sing every day.”
{Psalm 61:8b MSG}

How good are the Psalms?! We have been so encouraged by reading through them lately. This specific verse caught our eyes the other day and we haven’t been able to get it out of our minds. “And I’ll be the poet who sings Your glory- and live what I sing every day.” Let’s break this down for a minute.

Part 1: “And I’ll be the poet who sings Your glory…” First off, whose glory are we singing about? God’s glory! We think most of us can agree that it’s fairly easy to sing God’s glory.  (When we say sing, we are including proclaiming, speaking, telling others about God’s glory.) Even when things in our life aren’t going the way we want, it’s still relatively simple to proclaim God’s glory with our lips. So part 1, check. We’re doing good so far! 
Part 2 is where it really gets challenging.
Part 2: “And live what I sing every day.” Eeeerrrr, hold on. Singing His glory is one thing, but LIVING out what we sing? Pause. Rewind. This is a big deal! How much more effective would we be in our Christian walk if we lived what we said we believed? If our actions matched the words we spoke? What if people looked at our lives and saw that we weren’t two different people, but they saw that we must be confident in what we say we believe because we’re proving it with the way we live? We reckon that lives would be changed! 
So here is a challenge to all of us:
(Please know that we are challenging ourselves in this too!)
When we wake up every morning let this be our prayer, “God, may I be the poet that sings Your glory- and live out what I sing every day.” And may we be so intentional about not just saying we love Him with our lips, but showing that we do with our lives. 

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