Podcast: The Problem With Presidential Debates and How We Can Fix It

 

A New Voice: Finding Truth, Hope, and Peace in Today’s World

The Problem with Presidential Debates and How We Can Fix It

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Hello, Emily Allison coming at you from my blog, Good Stewards, a community of people dedicated to being good stewards of their health, lives, and world. Today I want to speak from my personal experience in the political field and talk about something extremely important and possibly completely unknown to anyone who doesn’t work directly in politics. 

 

As I’m recording this podcast, the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden is taking place. I don’t think I’ve missed a presidential debate since 4th grade, but today, for now, I couldn’t watch it. I couldn’t watch it because I know exactly what’s going to happen. I know there will be propaganda and lies from the left, infuriating political bias from the moderators, and ridiculous and nonsensical biased commentating from just about every news outlet on TV. No thank you. In short, I don’t see what I just described as a debate. I see it as just another mode of biased propaganda being shoved down the throats of the American people and standing in the way of truth and free thinking on behalf of the voters and justice and integrity for the American political system as a whole. 

 

When I was in college and beyond, I worked quite extensively in politics. I worked as a full time staffer on a high profile congressional campaign and learned from the best of Minnesota’s political campaign staff. I went on to manage several statewide campaigns that ended in victory, I’ve interned for some of the best in high profile races and worked for an assortment of candidates and policy makers in various aspects of the political field, from fundraising, to PR, to policy. Let’s just say, after all my hands on experience in the world of campaigning and politics I get how it works. And it’s important that you do as well.

 

Allow me to shed some light on what information is packaged and put in front of you and the why behind it. My hope is that you are able to use this insight to better understand the headlines and antics of American politics and in turn be able to think critically and make informed, educated decisions for the betterment of your life, your family, and our country. 

 

In a nutshell, people fall into three categories when it comes to politics. It doesn’t matter if they’re the candidate running for office, the journalist trying to make the front page, the campaign manager, the intern that stuffs envelopes, the news anchor you watch on TV, or your neighbor with the campaign signs outside their house, just about everyone can be placed in one of these three categories:

 

The first category: The Useful Idiots

 

This category could also be called “the Headliners”. It is reserved for anyone who listens to a soundbite, scans a news article, or see’s a headline on social media and is immediately swayed in that particular direction. The sad reality is, most people are not able to think for themselves. They think very little about a given topic until a headline shows up enough times on their TV or facebook news feed and then they let that headline do their thinking for them. Their beliefs are heavily reinforced by their facebook friends sharing the same headlines and carefully packaged talking points that social media and news places before them. These people have an insatiable desire to wave the banner of popular social causes that everyone else they know agrees with and supports, but they are painfully uneducated on that topic other than, again, the headlines that made them aware of it to begin with. They have little to no personal experience that gives them honest insight, they aren’t professionally educated on the topic, and any education or experience they do have they can only process the way the headlines have told them to. An easy tell tale sign of the useful idiots category, is whenever a topic arises, they can’t have honest debate about facts, but they turn to their favorite talking point of all: “well my…. Fill in the blank.” “My friend works at a hospital and she said x, y, z.” “My cousin married a black person and their experience is x, y, z.” They think simply because they got word from someone they know about that person’s most likely also uneducated stance, they are thoroughly informed. Now I’m not saying listening to others experiences can’t be helpful and isn’t important, but if we can’t think critically about facts and we don’t realize that the person who shares their experience with us is also most likely interpreting the events that happen around them through a biased and most likely clueless lens, then we probably aren’t in a position to truly say what is and what isn’t. They trust organizations simply because those organizations exist and do not research or understand the behind the scenes workings of organizations and political groups in society. An easy rhyme to remember this group by is this: They simply trust and obey whatever comes their way. This people group is extremely vulnerable to be manipulated and used by organizations and politicians in order to gain political clout, attention, and power. 

 

The second group is: The Liars.

This group is exactly as it sounds. Many people, especially in campaign positions, media, PR & marketing, and any position of power that can be taken away, will do and say anything to get the outcome they desire. Anyone in marketing knows how to influence the thoughts and emotions inside people that will in turn influence their outward actions. On a campaign, you know the demographics of the area you are running in. For example, You know if there is a rising demographic of soccer moms between the ages of 30 and 35. You know that you need their votes to win. So you conduct studies and find out what issues matter to them and what buzz words are going to resonate and appeal to them. You also say whatever you have to about your opponent that you know will turn your target demographic away from them. You may also know that there is a nursing home in your district. You find that there aren’t enough votes in the elderly population to sway anything so you weigh the votes you have vs the votes you don’t and you realize you don’t need the elderly vote. So you don’t worry about them. You don’t pay attention to their problems and you don’t fight for policies on their behalf. You do what will help you win, and that’s all that matters. It’s not about truth. It’s not about believing in the cause and getting others to join the fight with you. It’s about manipulating and using certain people groups to get what you want, and not wasting any time with anyone or anything that doesn’t benefit you. The end goal may be truly believing you know what’s best, or it may be a power hungry and corrupt individual who will stop at nothing to keep their position of power and influence. Either way, the desired outcome justifies whatever means necessary. You can see with this kind of thinking how lying, confiscating and throwing away ballots for your opponent, and twisting the facts to your advantage or your opponents demise are not so unthinkable afterall. This type of person or group is usually the ones creating political divide and promoting emotionally charged issues. Their followers often adapt extreme mob mentality, and they can easily manipulate the clueless category we discussed previously. 

 

The last category: This is one that although rare, I believe to be by far the most powerful, and therefore the most detrimental and threatening to the first two categories. So threatening that the power hungry and corrupt must unite and make calculated and flagrant assaults on the minds of the people in order to discredit anyone or anything that could come from this approach: The category is: The Truth. It sounds too simple, but it’s the most powerful thing in the world. What is true? Some politicians aren’t in politics for the power or money or their own personal pride. Some are truly there to be what politicians in the American framework of government are supposed to be: civil servants (this means they already have a career and job that they have built and they are taking a temporary break from it in order to serve the people in their communities, and they will resume their career once their political service has ended.) These people respect and honor the civilian led government that the founding fathers created and they are serving out of a genuine desire to improve issues in their communities. They are not in office to further their own political, financial, and career gain, but to represent the real needs and find real solutions for the people they serve. The people in these districts should see concrete, real change in problem areas. They should have a better life because of their political representative. 

 

The people in the truth category do not need to lie or twist facts. They believe the stances they are advocating for are right and that their solutions will help people. They don’t need to pretend to be or believe something they’re not. They only need to put out the true, honest facts in front of the american people, so that their voters can in turn make educated decisions. 

 

The only way to stop the truth is to stop the truth from getting out at all costs, to discredit the source of the truth (I.e the candidate or voters) in the eyes of the people so that if it does get out the people won’t believe it, and to demonize and viciously attack anyone who believes the truth so as to discourage others from being open minded to any narrative other than the one the liars want them to believe. In short, it is to manipulate, lie, and ultimately dismantle the American people’s ability to think for themselves. The Liars cannot risk laying out the facts and letting the American people come to any conclusion on their own. Votes must be controlled, which means so do the emotions and minds of the voters. 

 

But here’s what I believe from my experience with campaigns and voters:

The American people are not stupid. They want to be fiercely independent, they want to be positively involved in their country and their world, they want to be educated, and they have an inherent desire for just and noble causes. Unfortunately, I think the liars know this too. So they have become very skilled at manipulating these noble traits and have relentlessly used the American people for their own gain, and they have done it at great harm to our country and world.

 

So back to why I’m not watching the debate: Simply, I don’t respect what the political process in America has turned into. An educated debate is two honest people talking about real issues and real solutions based on facts. Not political rhetoric being thrown around to manipulate the minds of useful idiots. Everyone watching this debate has been, by the Mainstream media’s best collective efforts, conditioned to hate Donald Trump. Most Americans don’t know his policies, they don’t know what his administration has accomplished for human trafficking, healthcare, taxes, the economy, immigration, minorities, the list goes on and on and the debate is not set up to be a forum to effectively communicate facts and policy. It’s not an educated debate. It’s a game! It’s all a political game! And until the American people realize it, they’re controlled by it.

 

Each American needs to truly ask themselves what kind of a world they want to live in. Do you want to be manipulated and lied to and controlled for some corrupt politicians political gain? Seriously, do you? Do you want to see more hatred and divide? Do you want partisan politics to stand in the way of real reform on important issues? 

 

Or do you want an America where educated debate and freedom of information is valued and respected. Do you want to learn why others believe what they believe and discern what is true and right based on your faith and your values? Do you want to be able to have open, honest conversations about important issues? Do you want to not just fight for one talking point against another but actually learn about the issue being debated and walk away from social media or a personal conversation with more facts to consider and more elements to think about? Do you want to elect politicians and send them to our capitals and city councils just so they can fight one another and keep repeating whatever rhetoric they think will help them win their next re-election and aid in their future political career advances? Or do you want politicians to come together as a representation of this country- diverse people with various experiences, backgrounds, and needs that can find common ground on what they DO believe in and actually work together to improve their country and world?

 

So ask yourself these questions. Honestly ask yourself which category you fall into. How much do you really know about a given issue? At what point in the narrative do you decide your stance and give your opinion? Do you take a side immediately once you see the headlines or do wait to do research, pray, ask for wisdom, learn, and wait for the final facts and narrative to emerge? Are you truly trying to discover the truth or does cultural pressure and whatever is popular affect your decision making ability? Is your source a biased political headline or actual honest research and critical thinking based on facts? Do you research and learn about organizations and causes before you support them and advance their narrative? Are you actually open to learning the truth or do you cling to whatever you want and already believe to be true? Do you feel threatened and angry at anyone who disagrees or do you welcome information and expanding your knowledge? Do you have feelings of anger and bitterness towards people on the opposite side of politics from you? Do you believe the headlines without thinking and playing the devil’s advocate? Are quick to hear the other side, are you SLOW to speak, SLOW to anger or do you react with a knee jerk reaction based on emotion?

 

It’s not easy to take an honest look at ourselves and recognize and admit that we may be in error. But as Christians, we are commanded to be truth seekers. We are commanded to be sober minded and to think rightly about the world around us. As Christains, we should first and foremost be concerned with displaying Christ’s attributes, no matter what side of the issue we fall on. We are not to bow to culture over kingdom. We are to adapt Christ’s heart and mindset, not popular organizations, not our facebook friends, not anything else.  And we are commanded to be on guard against the schemes of the devil. The devil roams around like a lion looking for someone to devour. He IS attacking the church. He IS attacking you, and it starts with your mind. Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. He preys on your mental and emotional weaknesses in order to lure you away from God’s ways. He offers the truth with a twist, and we must be very careful with what we accept as true and make sure we are constantly walking and realigning our hearts and minds with the Lord’s.

 

We will have to stand before God someday and give an account for every careless word we have spoken and every single thing we have done. From the words spoken to the content shared in our social media feed. This fact should transform the way we view, process, and proceed with the information available to us. I’m talking to myself first and foremost here. I need to do better too.

 

It’s your government friend. It’s our government, for the people by the people. People don’t have power unless we give it to them. Our minds cannot be controlled unless we allow them to. We have been blessed beyond imagination to be in this country and to have the power and opportunities we have to make a difference and spread Christ’s light in our families, our social media platforms, our neighborhoods and communities, and our country and world. We cannot take this gift from God lightley. We should proceed with sober commitment to be faithful with what God has entrusted to us. It starts with a heart aligned with him, seeking after His ways over anything else.

 

So where does this leave us? What can we do?

 

First, We can raise the standards and change the narrative. Stop supporting news outlets that distort truth and play biased partisan politics. Vote out the liars and the useful idiots and vote in those who are honest and on the side of truth. Call for higher standards, less bias, better quality and freedom of information, and take the time and effort to accurately educate yourself before giving your opinion. Set an example to others of how to have respectful political discourse and how to talk to and about people you disagree with. 

 

And lastly, We can pray. Ask for God to give you grace so that you may have eyes to see and ears to hear His truth in this world. Ask for the holy spirit to guide you and help you discern truth from Satan’s lies. Ask for a heart that loves God above culture or personal preference. Ask for strength to be obedient and open to His plans to use you right where he has you for His purposes.

 

Be blessed, be encouraged, and be a good steward of all of these gifts. 

 

Podcast: A New Voice: Finding Peace in a Troubling World

Christian Encouragement

Finding Truth, Hope, and Peace in Today’s World

 

Hello, coming at you from my blog Good Stewards, a community of people dedicated to being a Good Stewards, their health, lives, and world, my name is Emily Allison and today I want to share something different than what you’re probably seeing all over the TV and social media right now: I’m going to share something true, something hopeful, and something encouraging that should transform the way you feel and the way you live your life. 

 

I think it’s safe to say that most of us ( and I’m going to put myself first in line here), have looked at the cultural and political circumstances and world events in recent months (and probably years) and have experienced feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, frustration, discouragement, maybe even hopelessness. As a christian, living in Minneapolis MN by the way, right now with all the race riots and looting and extreme political divide, I’ve been disheartened and angered by the way the world has responded to recent events, but I’ve been especially discouraged by the way I’ve seen Christians respond. I’ll save my political thoughts and critiques for another blog post, but for now, I want to share something for you no matter what side of the issues you find yourself on: if you’re a follower of Christ, and you genuinely are striving to live as His disciple and seek to obey, serve, and glorify Him with your life, then this is applicable to you.

 

For the Anxious, fearful, and discouraged person: Let me give you a truth to lean on:

 

God is at work. God is in control. And not only that, but God is working and controlling things to HIS advantage. God will make Satan a footstool under His feet. He WILL defeat sin and evil, He WILL have the final victory, and every knee WILL bow and EVERY tongue WILL confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. 

 

A little background about me, I’m a political communications and history major, and I worked quite extensively in politics for several years before becoming a mom. And I think it’s easy to fall into a way of thinking that the world is always getting worse and worse. That back then was the good old days, and since then people and culture have just taken an unsalvageable turn for the worse. Well, I want to encourage you today that I don’t believe that’s true.

 

If you take a look at world history and history in our country as well, there have been WAAAAY darker times. There have been horrific times that many of us can’t truly imagine or wrap our heads around. Humanity HAS come a long way. The fact that we are talking about the issues we are today, such as valuing human life, spreading awareness so people can make safe choices for their families health, and racial equality is a testament to that. There was a time when there was no discussion about these issues. The narrative was set, or so it seemed. 

 

Let me tell you something: The only narrative that is set is God’s narrative. He has already overcome the world, and He put you and me here on this earth to be His hands and feet. To be a light and let our light shine before our fellow humans so that they may see our good works and glorify God. If God didn’t think the world was capable of saving, he wouldn’t have sent Jesus. If the apostles didn’t think the evil and warped mind of both worldly and religious groups alike weren’t capable of seeing God and accepting the truth, then they wouldn’t have kept spreading the good news of the gospel. 

 

 We are HIS handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do GOOD works that He has prepared in advance for us to do. So do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. He is on the throne. He is in control. His ways are higher. His ways are good. And He will never leave us or forsake us. We don’t have to understand everything, there will be lots of unknowns in life. All we have to do is trust Him and Obey Him. 

 

Lastly, we are not helpless. Not just because we have the almighty all powerful God of the universe taking care of us and loving and watching over and guiding us moment by moment every day, and working all things together for our good, but also because guess what, we DO have the freedom to take actionable steps in our country and world to make it a better place. People have done it before in much more trying circumstances, and so can we. 

 

So if you’re wondering what you can do, here’s what you can do: First, You can be a truth seeker, not seeking out one side or another but seeking out God’s side. What does God think? What are the facts? What is the truth? Educate yourself and pray for wisdom and guidance and grace so that you can think biblically and truthfully about the various circumstances you encounter in this world. 

 

Be a light: Anyone can rant. Anyone can have an opinion. Anyone can argue. It takes real fruits of the spirit, love, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, self control, to be a witness for Christ in the midst of volatile and important topics. Wherever you are, before you try to represent one opinion over another, remember first that you are supposed to be representing God. Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Live out your faith in such a way that it is so radically different from everything else we see in our culture that people have no choice but to see God’s attributes on display through you. 

 

Next, Act. Get involved in honest, above reproach organizations that are making a positive impact in our country and world. Volunteer, give money, pray, vote, spread awareness, etc. We have more freedom as Americans than any other people in the history of the world. This is OUR government. A citizen led government, by the people, for the people. So don’t helpless worry about the people who are leading our government, and step up and lead yourself- lead your family, your community, your state, your country. If you know better and want things to be done better, then step up and actually contribute and help make it happen. 

 

Lastly, have joy. Our hope and joy is based on things far greater and better than anything this world has to offer. Let us live our life here faithfully and obediently to god, being good stewards of His many gifts and fulfilling His purposes for us, so that when His to do list for us is done, we can stand before Him and hear “well done good and faithful servant.” Find joy in the eternal hope we have in Christ. Find Joy in the forgiveness of sin. Find joy in having a loving heavenly father who cares about the most intimate aspects of your life and heart. What a good father we have, what amazing truths we can dwell on every moment of every day. What exciting and encouraging hope we have in this life and for all eternity. 

 

Be blessed, be encouraged, and go be a good steward of all these things. 

 

 

Good Stewards Magazine Fall Issue: Home Edition

Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms

Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms

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Good Stewards Magazine Fall Issue: Home Edition is here! It has all the cozy Fall feels along with the encouragement, refreshment and inspiration to build up every mom as they do the important work of raising their children in the faith. If you missed the previous issue: Freedom Edition, where we talk about freedom from fear in motherhood, freedom from un-forgiveness, physical health, body image, and more, you can grab your copy here!

 

Good Stewards Magazine Fall Issue: Home Edition

A Letter from Emily

What do you think of when you think of Fall? No doubt chilly evenings, scented candles, deep colors and steaming apple cider are somewhere on your list. For me, it’s the smell of Fall. The smell of the cool breeze and the afternoon sun on a  September day, sharing the last of its warmth with the fading wildflowers of summer. The smell of the troves of fallen leaves scattered on the damp floor of the woods lining the horse pasture growing up. The smell of snow in the air and frost covered branches; of furry horses growing their winter coats and the smell of entering the kitchen after evening chores to be greeted by the savory warmth of a home cooked pot roast.

 

The reason I love fall is because after a busy summer of outdoors, sunshine and late nights, Fall calls us home again- and not in a “ok, time’s up, fun’s over” kind of way. Fall steals the show with the promise of fresh adventure, new scenery, and a much needed change of pace. It beckons us slowly back into the walls of our home, which are now filled with festive decor, cozy blankets, and apple cinnamon treats. 

 

Encouragement, Inspiration, and Support for Christian Moms

Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms

 

The reason I chose home for the theme of this Good Stewards Magazine is not only because of the homeyness of the season, but also because as moms, our home is of even more significance for us. In the last Good Stewards Magazine, the Freedom Edition, I wrote an article about Freedom from Fear in Motherhood. I talked about how we, as mothers, are the gatekeepers to our homes. Satan is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to destroy. He wants your children, your marriage, and your family: and he knows you are the most effective way to get to them.

The Significance of Your Home

I have a sign in my living room that says “The most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your home.” Mamas- it is within the walls of our homes that our children will be shaped into who they are going to be. Our home is a school, teaching our children their most important lessons, namely who God is and what an authentic life of following Him looks like. Our home is an intensive care unit, healing and rejuvenating them before they are sent back out into an unkind world. Our home is a training ground, preparing them for everything they will have to face in their futures. Our home is a secure place where they can be loved and built up so they have confidence in themselves, even when the world is tearing them down. Our home is a place of refuge, comfort, peace, and growth. And amidst it all, our home is a war zone, where the battles over the souls of its inhabitants are taking place.

 

Never underestimate the power of the words said or not said, the attitudes, the values, and the activities that take place within our homes. Never underestimate the value of YOU- the mother, teacher, nurturer, gatekeeper, and warrior. That’s what this magazine edition is all about. Lifting YOU up in the midst of such important life work. As you read through the pages, I pray you find rest, comfort, encouragement, and inspiration. I pray you are built up and even better equipped to continue your motherhood journey in faith and courage. I pray you close this magazine with a renewed sense of pride and devotion to your most amazing and important calling.

 

The legacy you will build through your family is more than you can ever imagine. Let’s start building it for the Lord together, and let this renewed commitment start right where you are at this very moment, reading this Good Stewards Magazine: Home Edition!

 

 

Encouragement & Inspiration for Christian Moms

Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms
Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms

Good Stewards Magazine: Freedom Edition

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Hi, I’m Emily! I am a wife, mom of two, and clean living blogger! My goal with any of the content I put out is to educate, inspire, and encourage moms in the faith as they do the amazing and important work of raising the souls of the next generation in God’s truth.

One of the core beliefs that led to the creation of Good Stewards is the belief that everything we have is a gift from God: our health, lives, and world have been entrusted to us, and we are to be good stewards of those gifts. (Read more about our Mission Statement here!) As a fellow mom, I know that the most important thing that has been given to us is our sweet children– and the opportunity to show them what it means to love and follow Christ. I also know that doing that is probably the most challenging thing we will ever do!

The Challenging Work of Mothering in the Faith

That is why I created this magazine. I see moms online all the time that are going through this challenging work of raising children in the Lord. I see them working out their own salvation day in and day out so they can authentically live it out in front of their children. I see them wrestling with the tough questions. I see them surrendering their control and handing over their burdens and fears to God. I’m inspired by these moms, and I want to come along side them, put my arm around them and say “You are doing so great- keep fighting the good fight!”. When I see a mom struggling, I want to open up my Bible and tell her to not lose heart!

Because of this, I share my own motherhood journey on Instagram in order to provide encouragement and inspiration for christian moms. In addition to this, I wanted to use my gifts of creativity and writing to put something special together through my blog. Something to refresh, encourage, and inspire my fellow moms. Something to feed their souls, lift their hearts, and empower them to continue to answer their most important calling.

Why the Freedom Edition?

With the realities of adulthood, motherhood, and everything else going on in our world, I’ve done a lot of thinking, learning, and praying these past several months. If there is one big takeaway for me, it is this concept of the freedom we have as part of God’s kingdom.

Freedom from fear. Freedom from the to do list, from insecurity, from anxiety. Freedom from anger, division, hatred. Freedom from warped thinking and the footholds Satan has on our minds. Freedom from peer pressure, freedom to do our own research and prayerfully discern our own path. Freedom to get down to the basics and allow the truths of the gospel and the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and actions. Freedom to seek truth and have courage, even when it won’t be well received. Freedom to not be driven and tossed by the winds of culture and popular opinion but rather root ourselves in the truths of God and live like a disciple of Christ. Freedom from confusion without answers. Freedom from fear without hope and hardship without promise. Freedom to clearly see and call out Satans’ lies and deception.

Where The Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom

As followers of Christ, we have the holy spirit living inside of us, and “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17. Freedom to drown out every other voice (including our own) in order to hear God’s. As moms, we have so many voices calling out to us and so many things on our minds. Often, we need to just be still in God’s presence and listen for His voice.

The Bible says that Satan is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour, and mamas- you and your family are on his hit list. Aside from praying for angels of protection over my family and wisdom and guidance for me as a mother, I have been asking God for freedom as well. Freedom from fear and freedom to cast off the sin that so easily entangles me as a mother so that I can be empowered by God to run the race God has set out for me and help my children do the same. That’s why we need to surround ourselves with resources that will provide encouragement and inspiration for christian moms as we fight this critical battle!

We are the Gatekeepers to Our Homes

Mothers, we are the gatekeepers to our homes. Not just against physical outside forces, but against the spiritual attacks of Satan. He wants your children for Himself, and he knows you are the most effective way to get to them. Guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. My main message when trying to provide and encouragement and inspiration to Christian moms is this: Root yourselves in God’s truths alone and be very wary of what you allow to control your mind and beliefs. Put aside all distractions and focus your efforts on being a disciple of Christ day in and day out for your children to see and model after. Offer your heart and hands to the Lord and allow Him to work in and through you to accomplish His wonderful plans.

Offer Your Heart & Hands to the Lord and Let Him Work Through You

This magazine is all about helping you do that. In this journal, you will come across mothers who share glimpses of their lives, hearts, and souls. You will be amused by their stories, edified by their lessons, and inspired by their faith. As you thumb through the pages, it will be a journey of beauty, calm, and adventure all in one. So pack it in your bag for the park or lake, or keep it on your coffee table for quiet moments when the kids are napping. Poor yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and let adventure begin!

Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms
Encouragement and Inspiration for Christian Moms

This is the very first Good Stewards Magazine, and I hope there will be many more to come!  I’d love to connect with you further and keep you updated on the next magazine release. I’m always hanging out on Instagram and I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to send me a DM! I pray you are refreshed, inspired, and encouraged by this Good Stewards Magazine, the Freedom Edition!

 

 

 

 

Walk By Faith Not By Sight

Walking By Faith in Uncertain Times

Walk by Faith Not by Sight

Hey friend! If you’re reading this during the Coronavirus Pandemic, wow- these have been some really weird / uncertain times! I hope we can use this opportunity to better learn how to walk by faith during various trials.

Fear & Anxiety

I’ll admit, Even though I’m writing about how to walk by faith, I’ve given in to fear and anxiety far too often. For me, it always gets way worse at night too! I’m finally in bed ready to get some much needed sleep before Kallos wakes up to eat. Then suddenly I have all the problems of the world swirling around in my mind. All my greatest fears seem to be popping in to wave hello and say “Hey! Remember me? I’m still here!” 

Can you relate?

I want to share something that has been helping me get through those anxious moments. I hope it helps you rest in the true peace and comfort that comes with being a child of God and living in His presence.

Wading Into Unknown Waters

Have you seen the movie Harriet? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it! (You can rent it on Amazon Prime!) It’s about Harriet Tubman- one of my favorite inspirational characters in American History. We can learn a lot from this brave woman- but the movie really capitalizes on how she would walk by faith and the crucial role her faith had in guiding her through the uncertain and dangerous events of her life.

There’s one scene in particular (spoiler alert ahead!) that really spoke to me. It’s the scene where Harriet is on her first rescue mission. She is leading quite a diverse group of slaves to freedom. There’s an elderly woman, a mother with a baby, and her brother is even in the group. There is an ambush waiting for them on the path that she is planning to take.

As they near the ambush, she hears God telling her it isn’t safe and to go a different way. So she walks by faith, changes course, and goes the way God is guiding her- which turns out, is directly to a big river!

When it becomes clear that she is planning to have them cross the river, the members of the group become scared. They can’t swim and they assume they will drown in the river! Her brother even turns against her and tells the others to follow him instead as he goes a different route.

Despite the push back from the group, Harriet raises her hands up in the air (so her gun doesn’t get wet) and begins wading into the unknown waters. The current looks strong, it’s night and you can’t see what is beneath the water. Harriet is a very short woman- as she wades in, the water rises higher and higher until it almost reaches her chin. 

Our Prayer in Uncertain Times

As she nears the middle of the crossing, right when it seems the river will be at its deepest and she will be completely engulfed in its waters, she pauses. You can feel the fear rushing through her entire being. I don’t remember her exact words, but she prays something along the lines of “Lord, get me across this river.” Then, she continues her walk in faith. 

What happens next? The water doesn’t rise. It stays the same and she is able to walk across the entire river without going under! Once the others see it’s not deep after all, they quickly get in and walk across, emerging safely on the other side. 

What a beautiful picture of what our life as children of God should look like. 

Oftentimes, God calls us to places we weren’t expecting. Life may feel like we are standing in a rushing river. There’s so many things swirling around and past us. We can’t even always see or understand it all clearly.

Oftentimes come up with our own narrative about what’s going to happen. We allow fear and our earthly understanding to direct us. “I’m going to drown!” “I’ll never make it across!” “God led me this far just to leave me to die in a river?!” I think we all have had versions of these thoughts.

Life may feel like we are standing in a rushing river. There’s so many things swirling around and past us. We can’t even always see or understand it all clearly.

Yet, those thoughts are all lies. It is in those times when Satan wants us to despair that we have to remember two things: God’s truths, and God’s commands. 

God’s Truths

The truth is, we have a God who calms the storms (Matthew 8:27b “Even the winds and the waves obey him!”) Whose power parted the waters so the Israelites could walk through (Exodus 14:16) who makes the lame walk and the blind see (Matthew 11:5) and who defeated sin and even death once and for all so we can have eternal life! (1 Corinthians 15:55).

The amazing thing about all of this, is not just how powerful and amazing God is, but that He imparts that power to US. God commanded Moses to stretch out his staff and part the sea. It was God’s power working through Moses to accomplish supernatural things and ultimately bring glory to God and accomplish God’s plan. When God calls you to it, He has a plan and the power to guide you through it. Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”

God’s Commands

We are commanded to be anxious for nothing. Philippians 4:6-7 says  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 

I don’t know about you, but I think being afraid of crossing a rushing river when you can’t swim seems like a pretty justified scenario to give in to anxiety- but God says no.

2 Corinthians 5:7 Says “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” If you read the verses surrounding this passage, you find that Paul is talking about the hope we have when our earthly body is destroyed. He is writing about the eternal hope we have in the Lord, and how that hope is better than anything else in the world, and it will all take place according to God’s perfect plan.

Friends, even in uncertain times, in a world where danger and evil still exists, where we often feel confused and powerless- we don’t have to live in fear. All we have to do is raise our hands in surrender to God and say the simple, but powerful prayer: “God, get me across this river.”

That’s what my middle of the night prayer has been many times these past couple months. I’m happy to report that God has always met me in those moments and provided His peace and comfort. 

Walk by Faith in Uncertain Times

So although there is still a lot going on in our world, and it’s a good thing to be aware and informed and active in the areas God is calling you to- we should always take refuge in our heavenly father.

Psalm 46:1-3 says “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear; though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (I encourage you to read the rest of the chapter to be inspired by the amazing power of our God!)

When the world sees us, they shouldn’t see the same hysteria and fear and stress that everyone else is governed by. When the world sees us, they should see God.

They should see His grace, peace, love, strength, and power. They should see our joy as we trust and stay focused on the incredible future hope we are blessed to have as His children! The only way we will experience these things and in turn be able to display them to others is if we keep our eyes on God and allow Him to guide and sustain us. 

So I want to encourage you today to simply turn your eyes to the Lord and trust Him. Ask Him to get you across the rivers of uncertainty and fear. Take refuge in His presence and enjoy the peace, security, and joy that comes with being His child.

Psalm 46:9-11 says “He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields with fire. He says “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Conclusion

I hope your week is filled with less anxiety and more joy because you are walking closely with the Lord! I’d love to connect more with you this week- you know I’m always hanging out on the gram, so feel free to head over and say hi and follow our daily life shenanigans there! Make sure you sign up for my weekly newsletter for more encouragement on all things mom life, faith, and clean living!