It’s hard to believe that fall is here!! The summer days just seemed to fly by. A few of weeks ago, I was putting out decorations, getting ready for the Autumn season, when I began to think again about the subject of thankfulness and the whole overall aspect of the season. I have been blessed to grow up in a Godly home with loving parents who have taught me from the very beginning of my life to be grateful for opportunities to bless people. So I am thankful for this opportunity to write on this blog. Because more than anything, I am hoping to encourage you all as well as myself to follow hard after Jesus.
Every once in a while, my mind will think of a phrase poised as a question; “Am I Falling for Jesus?” You know how leaves fall off the trees in autumn?” To me, they have a beautiful red, yellow, orange, and gold glow as they float to the ground. “Am I Falling for Jesus?”
We like to think that we are following the Lord as much as possible. We set aside time to spend in God’s Word, we go to church, and maybe even go to Bible studies. But are we just going through the motions? We can do all those things to show we are faithful to God, but are we falling for Him? We should be striving to worship God all day, every single day. Falling at his feet in honor to him; in every thought we should be praising Him.
John 4:23-24 // But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV)
Psalm 35:28 // And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long. (KJV)
When I was nine years old I prayed and asked Jesus into my heart, but it was more out of fear of Hell than anything. I went through a rough start in my early teenage years. I felt helpless and miserable all the time. At age thirteen, I had a realization that there was no fruitful change in me. I knew the only right thing to do was to admit to the Lord that I believed in Him and confess my sins. In a way, it was an awakening for me. Falling at the feet of Jesus, admitting that I was a helpless and suffering person who needed saving. I had to put away the old self, and let God take over and control my life. I was not worthy to be forgiven of my sin. I don’t deserve to live a life knowing that my Savior is keeping me safe in His arms. But it is God’s gift to me. “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” (Psalm 96:9 KJV)
We shouldn’t only be thankful for the life that God has seen fit to give us, but we should also be falling at the feet of Jesus thanking Him for giving us another day to live another day to glorify Him.
Some days we feel like we can’t go on. Life is too hard. In those times, we need to remember to let God into our lives. In tough or hard circumstances, praise Him, because God is in control.
Sometimes we can become self focused, and all that matters is what we want. We miss out on things that are important to us, and that just isn’t fair in our opinion. We deserved to go to that party, or, we deserved to be able to hang out with our friends! When we become self drawn, we often get disappointed and say to ourselves, “I was looking forward to this, and now it’s not going to happen.” We can hold that event in high respect…but here’s the dangerous part: we can hold it in higher respect than God. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.
In all our choices, we should honor God first before ourselves. Fall at His feet and tell God that you want to honor His choices for you instead…He will only do what is best for us.
We can learn to worship God all the time; worshipping Him in song is a great example. In 1873 Fanny J. Crosby wrote a song called “Blessed Assurance” which in the chorus says:
“This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long”
Here are some questions for us to think about:
Are we falling for Jesus?
Are we living our lives to the fullest for His glory?
What is something that you are thankful for?
Thanks so much to Abby B. for writing this post!
About the author:
My name is Abigail. I am eighteen years old and live with my parents. I have an older sister and brother, and sister in law. I am a full time babysitter. I love writing, enjoy baking and spending time with my family. I have had the Lord in my heart since 2013 and my constant desire is to know Him better and be changed into His image.