There’s this song by Pat Barrett, Build My Life, that it has basically become my daily anthem and motivator. The entire song is amazing and I thank the Lord for musicians like him, but there’s this specific part where it beautifully wrecked my heart:
And I will build my life upon your love it is a firm foundation
And I will put my trust in you alone and not retake it
And I will build my life upon your love it is a firm foundation
And I will put my trust in you alone and not retake it
You see, in the world we live in, people seem to want to build their life upon unstable matters such as recognition, success, money and many other flimsy foundations, not knowing that those will never hold them firmer as Jesus would.
I will confess that I, too, was like that; wanting to be recognised for doing amazing things and wanting to have monetary riches that would place me somewhere on top of the social status. Thanks to the Lord, my eyes have been opened to what I was truly looking for: flimsy, unstable yet quite attractive foundations for my life. Sure, sometimes, I feel my heart aching to go back to wanting such alluring foundations, foundations that promise success but, offer something else.
But God is good and faithful, protecting and loving. He works His power in me and never fails to remind me that there's a foundation that will infinitely be firm, successful and worth building on.
And that foundation is Jesus.
With time, and many downfalls from my behalf, God began to help me renew my mind and help me see that the best foundation for me to base my life on is Jesus Christ and His love for us.
Founding my life on Jesus Christ, on all that it is His magnificent self, is one of the best things God has helped me recognise that I need to do.
Why Jesus, though?
Well, there are many reasons to only trust God as the proper, strong and true foundation of life, given that He also created life and its surroundings, given that He works for your wellbeing, that He fights for you, but also because:
The Lord’s love is everlasting
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
- John 3:16
Ladies, I don’t if any of you want a child or have one, but let me tell you this: I don’t have a child but my heart aches in just thinking of giving my child away to die for a bunch of people that might not even appreciate the sacrifice.
God gave His only Son away, to die for our sins and give us the chance for eternal life, fully knowing that some of us wouldn’t appreciate the sacrifice. Would mock it, even. . .
Jesus died for us and loved us even when we were still sinners, when we didn’t deserve His love or bloodshed so that we could start our lives as a blank canvas.
Knowing this, that God [Jesus] died for us out of love, so that we could glorify Him, restore our relationship with Him and have a chance of enjoying our eternal life with Him. He died so that we could live.
God came down in human flesh, as Jesus Christ, our dear Lord and Saviour, so that He could die for our sins, giving us a chance to actually build an everlasting relationship with Him and take us to our forever home, Heaven.
For someone who is used to trusting herself and her plans, I know it is hard to give someone else the executive authority to govern my life, to direct it to something great.
I know how hard it is to trust others with my life but, deep down, I also know that no one but God Himself will take the best care of my life. Not me. God.
I trust that building my life on His love, on Him, and trusting Him to hold it tight is one of the best things I can do.
Even if I have to start small, I am confident that a time will come when there will be nothing lying to me that God won't do what's best for my life. That I will be happy not having control of my life because God is in control.
His love is infinite and it is a love that can be trusted to hold your and my life firm.
So. . .
The Lord helps us to stay on the right path
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
- Psalms 37:23-24
The almighty God delights in every detail of our lives, the same lives that some of us think to be useless. And even though we may stumble, we will never fall, for God holds us by the hand.
I have lost count of the times I have sinned yesterday, yet God is always there to help me recognise why I have stumbled, and pick me up so that I can keep going. So that I can keep learning from my mistakes.
I have stumbled countless times, made one of my worst mistakes while at it, but God has never given up on me and there aren’t enough words in this world that could express just how grateful I am for His love for me. For His faithfulness to me.
We have so many plans in our heads, so many freaking plans, but God is the one who guides our steps (Proverbs 16:9).
I think I come up with at least one plan per day in this wild head of mine, and the clutter box just keeps getting full, the overwhelm become surreal and anxiety creeping in.
I want to control the outcome of my actions, plan my future so that I don't lack a thing, forgetting that there is someone who has already done that.
God has already designed the ideal future for me, seen through every step that I will take and nothing, and I mean nothing, comes by surprise to Him. He has got it fully under control.
I would be so lost in my life if it weren’t for God directing me away from the plans that I so thought to be the perfect ones for my life. Now that I'm really thinking about them, there have been some really wild and scandalous plans in this dreamy head of mine and thanks be to God for not allowing me to follow through with those.
We must remember that God is omnipresent meaning that He is everywhere, (our pasts, present and future) and He knows what lies ahead of each plan we have in mind. For more than that reason, I trust Him to direct me wherever He wants me to go. He knows best.
The Lord works for us
“No eye has seen a God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.”
- Isaiah 64:4
There are countless times in my life where the things I have prayed, cried and hoped for all came true, mostly not when I wanted them but when I needed them and when God saw fit to be the time for me to have them.
Sometimes, I find myself in hard places and think that God is taking too long to get me out of there, forgetting that there’s a reason why I’m there and that God never, NEVER, takes too long or too short to deliver. His timing is perfect beyond comprehension.
I'm the impatient one.
Yes, you may be drowning in school or work life, looking for a job, trying to take care of so many things at once and feeling like God is just taking too long to lift those burdens off your shoulders.
Actually, He is working on you, through you, around you and your life, and asks that you stay faithful and patient. He will deliver what’s best for you.
And remember, especially me, that what you believe is best for yourself may not be the as God's best for yourself.
The Lord has a beautiful and perfect life waiting for us
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
- 1 Corinthians 2:9
We can try as much as we want, lovelies, but we have no idea of all the amazing things God has prepared for us, in this life and the next.
This life is messy, no lie there, but the life God has in store for us, back home (Heaven) with Him, is nothing short of perfect.
Even here on earth, in this messy, badly influenced world of ours, God has amazing things stored up for you. So amazing your mind will never be able to truly imagine how amazing they are.
And if all those points above haven't drilled into your heart why Jesus is the one to build your life upon, here are some promises that He made to us:
He will wipe all our tears
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
- Revelation 21:4
Imagine a life with no pain, no tears, no mourning and only happiness. That’s a life I’m looking forward to.
In this whole COVID-19 season, I have felt weird, anxious sometimes and even cried here and there. I have seen other young women go through hardships and shared the pain of some.
I've seen dark days, days that feel like I'm constantly fighting the enemy and can't get a grip. Days of constantly stumbling and sinning, of feeling completely useless and hurt, of losing a grip of myself for a while and of crying to god for help.
I've seen bad days but, those bad days are not endured in vain for it is written:
"We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God's approval and His approval creates hope."
- Romans 5:4
Yeah, bad days, hardships, trials, troubles and so forth, build up endurance and endurance, through God's approval, brings ups hope.
Hope that we don't go through pain, hardships and waves of trouble in vain, for the sheer enjoyment of it, but so that through them we can be made strong, hopeful.
God will always remember what you are going through, He will always be there for you as you go through trials, hardships and storms, and He promises that a day will come when He will wipe all tears from our eyes, death will no longer exist, nor crying, nor mourning, nor pain.
He promises that we will be like Jesus Christ
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”
- 1 John 3:2
My role model is Jesus Christ, he was beyond perfect and human, as well as God.
The fact that God promises us that we will be like the Man that saved us, lived for and loves us beyond understanding, it’s a gift I will forever be grateful for, and it’s worthy of me building my life upon His everlasting and never shaken love.
He promises that He will make us a pillar in His temple.
“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.”
- Revelation 3:12
Pillars are stable; we will be stable and no matter what life throws at us, we won’t lose our faith. However, for that to happen, we have to constantly overcome sin in this life. Run away from it!
Sin is strong, like super-strong - can't be played with, much less overlooked - and quite attractive and convincing as well. For some reason, feel like I'm writing this part more for me than you ladies.
I feel like I need a daily, actually, cross that, hourly reminder that sin is seductive, creative, promising and powerful. It can convince me to embrace it and drill it in my head that just a hug, a moment with it, won't harm me. It will be harmless.
Never in eternity has sin been harmless.
Sin kills, people!
Sometimes subtly, making you feel like nothing is happening while your life is being slowly taken down and, sometimes is an obvious striker, making you feel every bit of its strike, its blow.
I feel like the more you run from it, the more it wants you.
But, if I run to God, I know that no sin will ever be too much for Him to help me overcome it.
So, run away from sin and to God.
He promises that we will reign with Him
“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”
- Revelation 3:21
I don’t mind not reigning with Jesus Christ, He is more than capable of reigning the whole Universe on His own, but I am thankful that we will be called to reign with him. That’s mind-blowing, lovelies, and one more reason for us to build our lives upon His love.
Let’s wrap this up!
To build our lives on a strong foundation is the same as building them on the Lord’s love and yeah, sure, I wrote quite a few reasons why we should do that but, there are a billion and infinite reasons why God is the best foundation for our lives.
But, before you leave, I just want to remind us - because my stubborn mind also needs reminding, to:
Trust His love for you
Trust His timing
Trust His promises
Trust His Glory
Trust the life He has in store for you
Trust the purpose He has for You
Always trust Him for He will never forsake you, love.
The Lord is perfection, therefore His love and whole-self is perfect to hold us together. Always, no matter what, trust Him to guide you and remember that He loves you.
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