The Shift Of My Focus

The Shift Of My Focus

You don’t pray enough.

You don’t read the Bible enough.

You don’t write about God on your blog enough.

You’re not nice enough.

These are the lies that dull my countenance and sadden my heart.


Throughout each day that I strive to live in accordance with the will of the Lord, I feel condemned. I believe more and more that I am failing the Lord, my family, and myself, for I make mistakes and am certainly not perfect.

I make the most of the time I am given to spend with the Lord and tell others about Him, but it is never enough.

To the accuser, it will never be enough.


There Is Now No Condemnation

It is on my heart this morning to share these thoughts with you because the Lord has opened my eyes to the fact that these statements are not from Him. These are lies, and He is perfectly holy – what I thought were my better judgement and His wrath coming down upon me for my mistakes is just what the opposition wants me to believe.

I know that the Lord convicts me when I do wrong, so that I may return to doing right – but there is no condemnation on His part. For He has forgiven me and shown me mercy long before I even stepped close to that wrongdoing.

“Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1

When I read this verse this morning while studying His Word, tears immediately came to my eyes.

He does not see my mistakes. He sees a hurting soul who must learn the art of forgiveness, and must also learn to see that when I dwell in the state of not showing myself mercy, it is detrimental to everything I stand for and desire to pursue.

This is my spiritual shift of focus: It pleases Him when I draw near to Him. When I desire to do right and do the most that I can in those moments, I know that it brings Him joy. Discarding these lies and looking to His great love for my peace is where I shall be. ❤


My Blog’s Shift Of Focus

When I continued to blog into the new year, I was planning on writing posts similar to what I covered in 2017. I enjoyed them, as lifestyle topics are fun to write … but as I fell into the wonderful routine of writing one post a day in 2018, I saw the focus of what I cover quickly begin to change.

Dreaming of Guatemala, at least for the moment, has transformed into more of a personal blog, rather than Christian lifestyle.

It is easier for me to write about what’s on my heart now, rather than what’s on the blog calendar that I used to plan out for myself.

I’d rather write about how the Lord is working in my life than continue with a blog series I’ve enjoyed doing for a long time.

At first, I worried that suddenly writing so much about one thing would be too much of a shift for my audience. I feared that my readers would want more of a variety. However, not only is my blog a place for me to express myself and the way I am right now … it’s also where I desire to shine His light.

This is my shift of blogging focus: Because He has given me so much to share with you, my readers, this month, I don’t want to hold those posts back for the sake of what you’re used to seeing from Dreaming of Guatemala. This doesn’t mean that I won’t write lifestyle posts anymore … but at the moment, I just can’t stop talking about my Lord and Savior.:) ❤

Thank you soo much for reading! This post ended up being deeper than what I usually share, and that just shows how I’m feeling at the moment. Have a blessed day!

— Maggie

First Drive Since February

First Drive Since February

Earlier this morning, one of the first things my dad said to me was that he wanted to run a few errands with me before lunch. The part of this invitation that caught my attention and made me grin like silly were three, simple words. They’re quite common words, but it has been nearly a year since I heard them.

You can drive.

Hey guys! Happy Saturday to you 🙂 ❤ I have been wanting to write this post all day – at least since my dad and I got back home. In between making lunch and playing some games with Samuel, I now have a moment to blog. I present to you a post that makes me very happy to share with you.


Since the spring of 2015, I have loved driving. From the process of getting my learner’s permit to preparing for my driver’s test two years later, driving is honestly one of my favorite things to do. This is not simply because of the freedom it provides, but I do enjoy the independence, and I have always enjoyed car rides, too. Being the driver makes me really happy.

 

In February of last year, a few days after I passed the test and got my license, my parents saw how much it would cost us monthly for them and me to be insured drivers. It was too much to pay at the time, and since it wasn’t necessary that I be able to drive, they decided to take me off the insurance. It absolutely broke my heart.

However, the Lord had a beautiful plan – and He still does. ❤

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” – Psalm 37:4-6

The thing is, I can only see circumstances from where I’m standing. My viewpoint over the situation is limited and biased, and often I see my thinking as skewed later on. It’s hard not knowing how something will turn out, and having to turn to the Lord for peace and patience is extremely difficult to do sometimes.

The main thing I struggle with, if you couldn’t already tell, is patience, because when I desire something right in this moment, I trust that everything will work out in my favor. If it’s something positive, and I can’t see anything wrong with it, then surely the Lord will bless that, right?

Well, in the Bible, it teaches again and again that the Lord provides our needs (sometimes things we don’t even realize we needed until He has given it to us), and that He will also give us the desires of our heart. He delights in seeing us happy, but there are many things we desire that would be detrimental to our life, even when we can’t see it.

He sees all and knows all. He’s the perfect One to watch over us and keep us.

If only I could learn to see that truth in every circumstance that tries my patience … I know I would be a much happier person.

Going on that beautiful drive with my dad today was well worth the wait. Whatever the reason for eleven months in between the last time I drove (you never know, He could have protected me from an awful collision or huge financial debt), I know that He has good plans, even when the waiting doesn’t make sense.

I’m praying that if the Lord is asking you to wait on something in your life, that you would trust in Him and know that just as He brought me through this very long year of no driving, He will bring you through what you are going through, too! ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

What have YOU waited on the Lord for?

— Maggie

Six Years Of Singing His Praise

Six Years Of Singing His Praise

You said I wouldn’t be
lonely and in defeat,
You wouldn’t leave me
as an orphan …

It was six years ago today that I listened to this song for the first time. I was eleven years old and slowly finding more and more comfort in listening to music that spoke of the Lord’s love, grace, and mercy. Many of this same artist’s other songs had already captivated me, but the lyrics of this one stood out to me even more than the others.

No matter where I go,
I’m caught in the flow
of Your never-ending fountain …

I feel You everywhere,
I breathe You in the air,
O God, come and take me over …

This song (‘Holy Ghost’ by Leeland) is about inviting the Holy Spirit into our lives, for that is where our true strength lies. The singer brings up Bible verses that remind listeners of how strong we are in the Lord when our faith rests in Him and Him alone.

On January 11th of 2012, my life was changed forever. It was from that moment on that the Lord brought me close, teaching me about Himself through His Word and through the beautiful music of others. I can see His hand at work in the highest and lowest points of my life, and the peace and love which He has bestowed upon me is a light that I desire to let shine for all to see.

“You are the light of the world.
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
– Matthew 5:14

In the past six years of my life, throughout my teenage years and slowly into adulthood, I have learned so much. On my journey of first knowing Him and increasingly knowing Him more, the drive I feel to do the most I can with the time He has given me on this earth only gets stronger. I long to tell others of Him, to share stories of what He has done in and through me, and I am most certain that I shall be feeling this way for the rest of my life.

My desire in cultivating this blog is to spread happiness and joy, to add to my life and hopefully to the lives of my readers, too. While I cover a wide variety of topics on Dreaming of Guatemala, at the root of every word I have ever written and shared is the love of Jesus Christ in me. I hope to uplift and encourage every reader with what I share, and also that my faith will be a more prominent topic on my blog in the future. I am forever thankful for the place He has given me in the blogging world, and I can’t wait to continue writing about whatever He places on my heart to share with you. 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

As I reflect on the past six years of my life that I have spent walking with the Lord, I am very happy to wish you all a very happy Thursday. May the Lord bless you and keep you! xxx

— Maggie