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!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Finding God's Will

Finding and knowing the will of God can be a very difficult task. The day we accept Jesus into our life as our Lord and Savior doesn't give us all the answers about every detail of our future. Now don’t hear us wrong, the Bible contains incredible answers to life's most pressing questions... But it does not give a clear step by step outline of each individual's future. So how are we supposed to find God's specific will for our lives? 

-Put God first. If we want to know God's will for our lives we must put Him first. We must submit our lives to Him daily. We must surrender all of our wants and desires to Him. If we put Him first, He will guide us down His intended path that He has for us. One of the beautiful things about being a child of God is that we do not have to know all of the answers; we just need to know the One who has all of the answers. As we get to know God more intimately by obediently following what we do know about Him, He will reveal in His perfect time the plan He has for each one of us. 
-Pray regularly about our future. It is okay to ask God to direct our steps? Is it right for us to ask Him what His plans are for us? Let's all keep in mind that God does not always work on our timetable.  Just because we ask Him something about our future that does not mean He will answer us right away. This reminds us of one of our favorite quotes, "Do not mistake God's patience for His absence." God is ALWAYS there! He ALWAYS listens! But we have to remember that He ultimately knows what is best for each of our lives. Just because He does not answer us right away doesn't mean that He doesn't hear us. 
-Practice our passions. Often times God will use our passions to further His kingdom. What are your passions? Could it be painting? Singing? Dancing? Playing sports? Cooking? God can use any and all of our passions to bring glory to His Name. Passions and gifts come in many different forms. We must find ours, get settled in it, and use it to glorify our Father. We can use our passions to the glory God... and they just might lead us to discovering and even fulfilling our purpose! 

The following passage is a great help to those who are searching God's perfect will for their lives (including us).
"Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."

"God's will is more about who I am becoming than what I am doing." 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Today Is The Day

Do any of you have something that you have been putting on the back burner? Maybe a project for work, an assignment for school, or even something that you were asked to do at home; but, you just haven't. If we’re being honest, we have some of those things too. We all have some of the “I’ll work on it tomorrow” things. Recently, we were reminded that today is the day!

Procrastination can be lethal. We firmly believe that procrastination often comes straight from the enemy. Please know that we are speaking of procrastination and not patience. Procrastination is when we put off what we know we must do. The devil will often use it to cause us to take our focus off of the big picture. He is trying to get us to forget our responsibilities where we won’t accomplish our purpose. You might be thinking, “What does a simple project have to do with the big picture?” Our answer is EVERYTHING! Think about it. What is a big picture made of? A big picture is made of little pieces of art that were painted together to accomplish one purpose--a beautiful big picture. This is just like life. We may not always see the significance in the little things that come along in life; but, we must demonstrate our faith in God, who sees the big picture, by being responsible with our assignments, at work, in all our relationships, and when asked to do things that we may not always enjoy. After all, the Apostle Paul taught, "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people."
{Colossians 3:23}

So, let's get to it!

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

Monday, March 24, 2014

Made With A Purpose

"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." 
(Ephesians 2:10)

Wow! God's masterpiece!! Does that not give you the chills?! We are the masterpiece of God, the Creator of the entire universe!! Paul, the author of the book of Ephesians, doesn't stop at masterpiece. He goes on writing that we are a "new creation" because of Christ Jesus. All our past sins, current sins, and future sins have been taken away by grace and through our faith in Christ. We have been made brand new!! The last part of the verse is what we want to focus on in this blog. It states that long ago God planned good things for us to do. Which means, we are, in fact, made with a purpose!! There are many other verses throughout the Bible that support that we are made with a purpose and that God has an incredible plan for our lives. Go take a look at Jeremiah 29:11! Did you see it? It says, "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." There it is again. God indeed has a great purpose for our lives. He has planned a future for us filled with good and not for disaster. Even when challenges arise that we do not understand. The ones that can be painful and appear to serve no real purpose can be a part of God's great plan as He works them together for our good! (Romans 8:28) 

Please trust in this incredible promise from God. You were made by Divine design and God has an unbelievable purpose for your life. Contrary to what others may say to you or about you. You are incredibly special. You are not a mistake or an accident. You may not see it now; but, do not give up or lose hope. Believe what God says about you to be true. For, in His perfect timing, His purposes for your life will become clearer and clearer. Until then, remain faithful!

Made With a Purpose Challenge:::

Every morning when you wake up: remind yourself you are God's masterpiece, who you are in Christ, and that God has created you for a special purpose.

If you’re unsure how do the challenge let the following serve as an example for you.

I am God's masterpiece created anew in Christ Jesus. I am a child of the King and God has made me for a great purpose. Today, I will live knowing that I am loved by God, made with a purpose, and my future is filled with hope beyond my comprehension. I can make a difference!

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

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hate it. Starve it. Outsmart it.

Do you ever feel like you're in a constant battle with Satan? No matter how close to or far from God you are, overcoming sin and resisting temptation is such a hard thing to do.
 We recently heard a really good "strategy" for overcoming sin that we wanted to share you!

 {Hate it} 
The first step to overcoming sin is you have to bring yourself to a point where you absolutely HATE sin.  Hate is a strong word, right? To be honest, it is a word we don't like using too often. However, we think it’s time to introduce this word into our vocabulary in order to fully grasp how we should feel about sin. In order to hate sin, we have to be honest with ourselves and admit what we love. Whether we struggle with lying, sexual immorality, idolatry (anything in our lives that we put above our relationship with Jesus), because we were born with a sinful nature, we participate in sin because it brings us pleasure. The only problem is, that pleasure is only temporary. And it doesn't stop there. Once we begin to sin, we get caught up in sin, and eventually we get consumed by sin. That is exactly where the devil wants us. He wants us to head down this deadly path of destruction so that we are far and distant from God. So, if we want to overcome sin, we first have to learn and understand to hate the things that destroy our intimacy with God. Plain and simple, this means that we should hate sin because sin slowly weakens our relationship with our Creator. We wouldn't welcome a killer with a gun into our homes, right? Why? Because, we want to protect our lives as well as the ones inside of our homes. Like wise, we should do everything we can to keep sin out of our life so we can protect our life and relationship with God.

 {Starve it} 
Once we hate our sin, we must starve the appetite of our sin. We must stop feeding our sin. In order for something or someone to live, it must be fed. When we hate our sin, we should desire for our sin to be put to death. Every sinful thing in us is craving to be fed but in order to starve our sin, we must refuse to give into the loud voice of sin screaming “Feed me!! Feed me!!” So what does it look like to starve our sin? Let’s throw on our imagination hat and think of this scenario: A 4 year old boy sees a delicious chocolate cake at the dinner table and begins to beg and scream for a piece but his parents tell him that he cannot have any. The boy begins to kick and holler and then slowly tries to reach for a handful of the cake. His parents quickly see what this little boy is planning on doing so they immediately take the cake away from him. After he cries and throws a pity party, he eventually forgets about the cake and eats his dinner. As silly as that illustration may be, we are that 4 year old boy craving a piece of that chocolate cake. Except instead of chocolate cake, we are struggling with ___________________ (You fill in the blank with a sin/multiple sins you are struggling with). We crave that sin so badly and we will do anything to get it, but if we remove it from our site and remove all temptation, sure it may be hard and it may hurt, but eventually we will overcome that sin. We cannot starve our sin without spiritual discipline. Let's begin to pray, even now, and ask God to give us the spiritual discipline to stop feeding our sin. Let's ask Him to help us starve it to death. Through His power, we can do it!

 {Outsmart it}
 Once we hate the sin and then starve the sin, we must begin to outsmart sin. The only way to fully win victory over sin is by fleeing from it by the power of God. It’s one thing to fight with sin, but 2 Timothy 2:22 says we should FLEE from sin. The word flee means to run away, in the opposite direction, from a situation of danger. We must be creative and think one step ahead of Satan. If we struggle with sexual immorality, we shouldn't put ourselves in a situation that could cause us to fall. If the struggle is with drugs or alcohol, our closest friends shouldn't be people who would encourage or pressure us to participate in such actions. Whatever sin we may be struggling with, let us hate it, starve it, and then make a decision to avoid any and all situations that may cause us to sin.
We want to encourage you to find a community to get plugged in to that can help keep you accountable with these struggles you may be facing. Talk to your parents or pastor about the temptations you face and seek guidance and wisdom on how to flee from it. Whatever you do, remember that if you have a relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit is inside of you and He has given you the power to overcome! 
We are praying for you!!!

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

Monday, March 10, 2014

Cornerstone

"Christ alone. Cornerstone.
Weak made strong in the Savior's love.
Through the storm, He is Lord.
Lord of all."

Do these words look familiar? Did you immediately start singing when you read them? The quote above is a powerful lyric from one of our all-time favorite songs... Cornerstone by Hillsong. Every time we hear this song, we always think of Ephesians 2:19-20, "So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself."

Wow! Did you hear it? We are no longer "strangers and foreigners." Back up a few verses to verse 11. Paul really makes this clear for us. He says that the Gentiles used to be outsiders. Who are the Gentiles? A Gentile is anyone who is not a Jew. We are Gentiles! In verse 17 we see that, "He (Jesus) brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us." Because of Jesus, we are no longer "strangers and foreigners." Everyone who has a relationship with Jesus is all part of the same family. We are His house... And Jesus is the cornerstone. This is the word we really want to focus on this week. 

What is a cornerstone? Webster's explains it as, "a basic element :  foundation." Foundation. Jesus is our cornerstone... He is our foundation. Why is that so important? Because when we are standing on Him, we will not be shaken. As the lyrics from the song above so beautifully say, through the storms... He is Lord, Lord of all. He remains firm, constant, solid, unshakable, immovable. No matter what comes our way, with Jesus as our cornerstone, we will not be moved. 

We don't know about you, but we were so encouraged by this reminder! If Jesus is your cornerstone, take a moment and thank Him for being your firm foundation. If He is not your cornerstone, if you do not have a relationship with Him, please email us at4girls1purpose@gmail.com. We would love to talk to you about how to make Jesus the Lord of your life & the firm foundation on which you stand! 
May we all enter this week with peace in knowing that if we have a relationship with Jesus, He is our cornerstone. We will not be shaken!


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

Monday, March 3, 2014

Acts 20:24

One of the very first steps for us as a ministry was finding our “ministry verse.” After a few days of praying and searching, God laid Acts 20:24 on our hearts.  We love this verse and the message behind it! However, in order to really understand the power of this message, let’s go back and read the verses that lead up to our ministry verse. Take a second and read Acts 20:17-23.

"But when we landed at Miletus, he sent a message to the elders of the church at Ephesus, asking them to come and meet him. When they arrived he declared, 'You know that from the day I set foot in the province of Asia until now I have done the Lord’s work humbly and with many tears. I have endured the trials that came to me from the plots of the Jews. I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly or in your homes. I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus. And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.'" 

These verses clearly show us that following Christ is not easy. Paul's example is one filled with many hardships and trials. His example is one that is also filled with how we should respond to the challenges we may face as a follower of Christ. In the midst of extreme challenges, Paul served humbly and with tears. He went through a lot of persecution and pain because of his faith and the way he boldly proclaimed the gospel. Did these challenges stop Paul? Of course not! He never quit and he never gave up. Paul continued to preach the gospel to the Jews and Greeks. In Acts 20:22-23, Paul shares that he has been compelled by the Spirit of God to go to Jerusalem to preach the gospel. At this point, Paul does not know what will happen to him there, but he does know that prison and hardships are awaiting him. However, it the promise of prison did not stop him from living out his mission. 

Pause for a second and honestly answer this question. If you knew that you could be thrown into jail and face many hardships if you were to talk about Jesus and what He has done for you, would you still do it?

Paul’s answer to that question is found in our ministry verse. “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus- the work of telling others the good news about the wonderful grace of God.” (Acts 20:14) The message of salvation was so important and valuable to Paul that he could never miss an opportunity to share it. Paul considered his life worth absolutely nothing unless he was living to share the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul's tenacity got us thinking... How bold are we in sharing our faith? Do we share it every opportunity we get? Do we keep it to ourselves and hope no one asks about it? Are we afraid of what people will think if we talk about Jesus? Are we afraid that they might make fun of us? May we all let Paul's words sink deeply without our souls this week. He said that his life was worth NOTHING unless he used it to share the message of Jesus. May ours be the same. May we step out in faith and realize that the most important thing we can ever do is bring glory to God by boldly sharing how He has rescued us through Jesus.


Our prayer this week is that Paul's declaration would be ours as well. Would you pray this with us?

Dear God,
We love you! Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for sending Him to save us. Thank You that through Him we are seen as righteous in Your eyes. This week, may our eyes be open to the opportunities you place in our path to share the hope that we have in You. May we be bold and unashamed. May we operate only out of faith, not out of fear. Would you give us the words to say. Help us to live only for You! 
In Jesus' Name,
Amen 

P.s. If you have not yet entered into a relationship with Jesus and would like to, or if you have questions about who He is, please email us at 4girls1purpose@gmail.com. We would love to talk with you!

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

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Walking Dead

“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.”  
{Ephesians 2:1}

Have you heard of that show “The Walking Dead”? Spiritually speaking, that is what we were like before we surrendered our lives to Christ. Now, don’t take us the wrong way; we have never been in a world ruled by zombies. However, Ephesians 2:1 does tell us that spiritually speaking, we were once dead because of our sin. Don't get hung up on the word sin. Sin can simply be defined as anything that offends God and we have all offended Him. We have all broken His commandments. Yes, we are all sinners. In fact, we were all born into sin. Sin is passed through the father and because Adam, the father of the human race, sinned; we are all sinners. Adam's sin was passed down to all who have been born... including us. This means we were all born spiritually dead, destined to spend eternity in a real place called Hell. We were "spiritual zombies." While this is certainly bad news, notice the verse says “were” which is past tense. The Apostle Paul, who wrote the book of Ephesians, was writing to the church at Ephesus and his message for them is for all believers in every age everywhere including us in the 21st century. Those of us who have surrendered our lives to Jesus have been made alive in Him and are no longer among the walking dead aka the "spiritual zombies". Praise God that we are alive in Christ! This is not just our opinion. This is what the Bible says! Listen as Paul continues to write, “But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)”  (Ephesians 2:4-5) So what does this mean for us? We are ALIVE! We are no longer among the walking dead. We are no longer "spiritual zombies." In Jesus, we are ALIVE and FREE!

We want to encourage you this week to join us and live like you are alive. Don't just exist and "get through" the week. Join us and make this week your best week ever! Why in the world would we encourage you to join us on this exciting journey? You might be thinking, "I have nothing exciting to do this week. There are no good plans in my immediate future. How is this going to be my 'best week ever?'" Here's the thing. God has given us EVERYTHING needed for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3). In another words, for those of us who have a relationship with Jesus, we have everything we need to have our "best week ever!" We can actually have our "best week ever" every week. So get up, get excited, spend quality time with Jesus, laugh more, complain less, love more, judge less, and let's all live like we are really ALIVE!

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

Monday, February 10, 2014

Peace

What is something that we all want? Think about it for a moment. Be honest with yourself as we have been challenged to be. What is something that we all want? Peace! Deep down inside, where it really matters, we all want peace. However, peace can be hard to find in our busy lives. Our schedules are hectic and the future is approaching at warp speed. Not to mention that as our time on this planet is quickly ticking away, we are all facing some type of battle. Surely, the battles we face are different; but, we all face them. Some are big and some are small. The battle may be an illness or a bad grade. We may be struggling over what others think about us or over the loss of a loved one. Regardless, of the size of our battle, if we are not careful it can very easily weigh us down. It can actually paralyze us. If we let worry take over our thoughts and consume our minds we will be driven by fear and filled with spiritual pain. This most often happens when we dwell on the battle itself seeing it as a problem; rather than seeing the battle for what it can be, an opportunity to trust God and put our faith in His word. After all, even though the Bible does not promise us an easy life free from battles. But it does promise us a life filled with peace.  
                
          Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in  me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33NLT) Let us be encouraged, Jesus has overcome the world!!! This is the BEST news! We are children of the One who has overcome the world. No matter what battles come our way, we can turn to Jesus and find peace in Him. In Luke 18:27 we see that, "What is impossible for people is possible with God." Jesus has already won the biggest battle for us. He conquered sin, death, hell, and the grave. And His resurrection power is available to us. Praise God! There is no battle that we cannot win and no challenge that we cannot overcome with Jesus!

Here are a few quick tips that will help us keep our minds from being controlled by our battles and lead us to victory in our lives:

1. Read God's Word daily. (Romans 12:2)
2. Give your battles and challenges to God. (1 Peter 5:7)
3. Share your battles and challenges with a trusted friend. (Proverbs 17:17)

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

Monday, February 3, 2014

Judge Less. Love More.

We live in a "Baskin Robbins" type of world packed with a variety of people who possess different personalities, attitudes, desires, and dislikes. Because of our differences it is easy, if we are not careful, to judge people who are not exactly like us. However, before we take it upon ourselves to play judge over others we should consider the following questions: 

1.   Does judging others help them?
2. Does judging others help you?
3. Does judging others give you an open door to share your faith in Jesus?
4. Does judging others honor God?

If we're all being honest, we can agree that the answer to each of the above questions is the same--a big fat "NO". Judging people will not help them. It will not help us. It will not open the door for us to share our faith effectively; nor, will it honor God. Understanding that judging doesn't help, how should we respond to those who are different than we are? The answer to this all important question is simple. We should replace judging others with loving them. That is right! We are to love others, especially those that are different from us. This is what God did for you and me. "But God demonstrated His love for us in this, that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) Notice that God loves us even though we were different. He is perfect and we are sinners; yet, He loved us anyhow. How cool is this? Wow! God is so good and He expects us to be the same. Yes! He expects us to love others just as He has loved us. Think about what would happen if we loved others instead of judging them. The world would be such a better place. If we really loved others the way that Jesus loved us our lives would be filled with stronger relationships, immeasurable joy, the peace of God, and many other blessings that come from loving others as God has loved us. 

Because love is the greatest of Christian virtues, we must intentionally love others. (1 Corinthians 13:13) We look most like God when we love others, especially those who are not like us. Because of this let us consider the same questions asked earlier but now apply them to loving others:

1.   Does loving others help them?
2. Does loving others help you?
3. Does loving others give you an open door to share your faith in Jesus?
4. Does loving others honor God?

So, what do you think? Are you convinced that the answer to each of these questions is "YES"? We are definitely convinced! Loving others the way Jesus loves us will help them, help us, open incredible doors for us to be able to share our faith in Him, and loving others will honor God. Judge less. Love more. 

"God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other."
1 John 4:9-11

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

Monday, January 27, 2014

BOLD

Here at 4G1P, we want 2014 to be a year of being BOLD for Jesus Christ. We want to step outside of our comfort zones and make an impact for His name! 
Proverbs 28:1 says, "The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion." Have you ever seen a lion? They seem to be pretty fearless animals. Very strong and determined. That is how we should be about our faith! We need to stand our ground. We are surrounded by a world that is constantly trying to bring us down. We we need to stand strong and be bold. We need to be intentional with our words and our actions. By now you know us and how we love a good acronym! Here is a good way to help us remember to be bold for Jesus:

B- Brave. Sometimes being bold for Jesus is hard. Let's be real, a lot of times it is scary to be the only one standing for something when it seems like everyone else is against it. But even when it is hard, we are called to be brave & bold! (Romans 1:16 and 2 Timothy 3:16)

O- Outspoken. How many of you realize that being quiet is sooo much easier than speaking up? In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus specifically commands us to go and TELL the nations and disciple them. Why wouldn't we be outspoken about the greatest thing that has ever happened to us? It is time to stop holding back. We must go speak up for what we have received and Who we believe.

L- Loving. Jesus is the ultimate love-giver. We are called to be like Him. So everything that we do should be done with love. We do have to remind ourselves that just because we are Christians it doesn't mean that things are going to be easy. John 16:33 says, "...in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." We are going to face hardship and struggles along our journey. There will be times when we step out in boldness that we are going to get shot down; however, we are still called to treat those people with love. We have to look at people through the lens of Jesus Christ. When we love the unlovable we that is when we look the most like God. (Romans 5:8)

D- Devoted. No matter what, we need to stay devoted to Jesus and the call He has placed on our lives. We encourage you to go read 2 Timothy 4 right now!! In this passage of scripture Paul writes about "fighting the good fight" and "finishing the race". Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. We will never be this young again and we have never been this old before. We must resolve this day to remain devoted for the complete journey. People are counting on us.

How can we be bold? How can we daily live out being: brave, outspoken, loving, and devoted? After all, it is not just enough to resolve to be bold. We must do what we can with God's help to be bold. Let us suggest 1 simple thing that can help us all daily. We must read our bible daily. God's word is not just a manual for life. It is His word! He has given it to you and me so we can get to know Him better. Every time we read it we are working out spiritually. With each verse we read our boldness is increasing. Make a commitment today to spend at least 15 minutes a day reading God's word. It will dramatically change your life.

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