For the Fame of God's Name; Day 3

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Now that you have welcomed the Anointed One, Jesus the Lord, into your lives, continue to journey with Him and allow Him to shape your lives. (Colossians 2:6,The Voice)

People do their best making plans for their lives, but the Eternal guides each step. (Proverbs 16:9, The Voice)

I need Thee, oh I need Thee; every hour I need Thee. Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.” (Annie S. Hawks)

The past few months have been hard. It’s been a roller-coaster of emotions, life-changing decisions, and stressful situations that have kicked me while I’m down. I’ve been struggling almost daily with future plans and what’s next and overthinking every little thing that’s on my mind. 

If I've learned anything from this season of life, it's how desperately I need my Jesus. And how much I have let my life with Him fall through the cracks lately.

I am a massive control freak. I like things done my way, according to my plans I’ve oh so carefully laid. So when life started going haywire, and my plans started to fray at the seams, I started trying to figure out how to fix it. I try to do it all on my own, because I hate asking for help from anyone (especially God).  I came up empty-handed and in a dark place--darker than I’d seen before. 

I finally took a step back and saw what a mess I’d made. Or rather, what a mess I’d tried to handle on my own. I’d gotten into that cycle of trying to do life my way, on my own, without God... then I fell flat on my face. Hard. 

Then I pick myself back up, crying for help-- only to fall back into His arms where I need to be. When I least deserve it, He is there to bring me home when I see how desperately I need Him (again).

He reminds me, over and over again, to seek Him. To know Him and call to Him in times of trouble, instead of trying to fix it myself. Trying to be Ms. Fix-It does nothing but make matters worse if I don’t go the ultimate fixer for help first. We weren’t made to do this on our own. Apart from Him, we can’t do anything to fix whatever situation we’re in. We can try and try and plan and control, but ultimately, God will find a way to point us back to Him (and it’s not always pretty, I’ve learned). 

He is truly where our help comes from-- and when I finally realized that, and leaned on Him in the mess, the mess started to look a little less murky and a lot more livable.

We need Him in the good. We need Him in the bad. We need Him in the in-between. We need Him every hour-- for strength just to get through the day. He’s our strength and our shield. He is all we need-- everything else fades away when we seek His face.  
When I get to that place of overwhelming stress or worry, I sing the above song: “Oh, I need thee. every hour I need thee.” And I remind myself that apart from him, I am nothing. He makes me who I am, and I need Him so much more than I need anything else in this world. 

Ladies, let’s seek Him first. Let’s lean on Him instead of ourselves. And let’s praise the God who is always with us, waiting on us to come home and see our need for Him. 

{photo: @hannahrosebrasseur

About the Author

Jordan Taylor is a 22 year old student living in the suburbs of Nashville, her lifelong hometown. She is currently studying to be an English teacher, and hopes to have a classroom full of crazy, loud middle schoolers in her near future! Jordan enjoys reading, long walks (anywhere, not just the beach!), crafting, listening to music, playing with her pug, Lola, and writing. She is learning how to be brave, love adventure, and try new things (a lifetime work in progress!). Jordan loves Jesus with all that she is, and is learning to let Him love her too. She enjoys rambling and writing about her faith at her blog,, and is excited to share her journey with you all on DOD!


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