Build My Life

Build My Life

More than ever before, I am committed to building my life on His love, His truths and His promises. I want my life to be built on a firm and unshakable foundation so that when the storms rage and my plans start to crumble, my hope remains. An amazing way to start building this foundation is by memorizing God’s Word. Like many of you I’ve memorized verses and sometime chunky passages but never have I ever thought of or attempted to memorize an entire book of the Bible. It truly seems ambitious and a little crazy especially if your a mom of a toddler like me but I think it can be crazy beneficial to committing our hearts to truth because there are days my Bible goes unopened just because of how chaotic life gets. With His truth tattooed on my heart, its something I can speak over myself and my family during the days that get away from me.

For those of you who are joining me in this challenge of memorizing Colossians, I created a free downloadable reading/memorizing plan that you can utilize each week. Hopefully you find this guide useful as God reveals himself to you over the next 22 weeks as you engrave his truths on your hearts forever!

To download your free guide simply click HERE!

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PS. I had mine printed and bound at a print shop so I have a physical copy of it with me at all times.

ENJOY!

XO, Alexis

THE PITS

THE PITS
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The walk of following Jesus in body, mind, and soul is no light matter. Sadly, if I’m real with myself I can easily begin to live as if it is. Because of God’s great love and knowledge of my every need, he puts me through some fiery pits. He takes me to a place of full awareness to my lack so that he can remind me that He lacks nothing. It is He who gives abundantly, it is He who desires more for me than I do for myself. Through these trials I have found that it is in my own brokenness, I find freedom. That in my shortcomings, my lack of control, and my weaknesses I find true hope and security. It’s a paradigm that expresses the exact opposite of what culture teaches us.

A few weeks ago I went through a sizzling fire. My body was not well physically however, I was in even dire need of emotional and spiritual health. The scariest part? I didn’t even know it. The hardest thing I went through those 10 days was not necessarily external pain (though it was very painful). It was seeing myself for who I really was—my lack— through the lens of God’s grace and mercy. I was having to exercise my out-of-shape faith. My faith lost muscle and had put on some extra (unnecessary) weight. I had no idea the kinds of unhealthy habits I was carrying that God wanted me to shed. One of them being circumstantial fear and anxiety. 

Leaning into God during times of uncertainty is not as easy as some Christians make it seem. It’s a straight up workout and often times an upheaval of old, comfortable, habits. It requires endurance to look past the circumstances and trust that he has us.

So why do we lean into God during those times if it’s not always easy? Because we are leaning into the One whose love has been tried and tested. That being said, I cannot blame people for not wanting to lean into God during those times if they don’t know God. Why should they? They have no idea who He truly is, they haven’t experienced him. That is understandable. 

As for me, I have seen Jesus come through time and time again. He has carried me in my darkest hours. He has seen me when nobody else has. He has saved me from myself day in and day out. I trust him. I know him. I seek to obey him. So when I begin to realize that I’m in those trial seasons, I submit because I know that I can trust that what He is doing is for my good. I love Psalm 66:10-12,

“He trained us first, passed us like silver through refining fires,

Brought us into hardscrabble country, pushed us to our very limit,

Road-tested us inside and out, took us to hell and back; 

Finally he brought us to this well-watered place” (MSG).

I love that! He took us “to hell and back” and “finally brought us to a well-watered place.” Other translations say he has brought us to a place of “abundance.” He doesn’t just take us to hell and back for the heck of it. That would be torture in its purest state. He pushes us to our very limit like a good coach would, he road-tests us from the inside out because he knows what we will have to face in our lifetime and loves us too much not to teach us how to endure hard things. Oh, and don’t forget the last statement, “Finally he brought us to this well-watered place.” When we go through hardships and trials we can stand assured that we will be blessed. 

A very real example of this is lived out through moms all around the world everyday. And it will be lived out in me (lord willing) in just a few short months when I will need to deliver my sweet little baby. Honestly, the very thought of that makes my body hurt but moms around the world for centuries have endured that pain because they knew that without the pain, there’s no bundle of joy. So, we endure. The blessing outweighs the hardship every-single-time.

Genuine faith put through

suffering comes out proved

genuine. When Jesus wraps

this all up, it’s your faith…that

God will have on display as

evidence of his victory (MSG).

I can so easily deceive myself into thinking I am more emotionally and spiritually healthy than I truly am because the symptoms are not always obvious. I thank the good Lord that he sees what I am oblivious to and uses every opportunity to cultivate transformation in me.

Let endurance have its full effect, 

so that you may be mature and 

complete, lacking nothing (CSB).  

XO,

Alexis

Virtue

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“Virtue is excellence, something uncommonly great and beautiful, which rises far above what is vulgar and ordinary.” — Adam Smith

Think about the rarity of virtue these days. It is so rare that when confronted by it, we ourselves are perplexed, yet immeasurably refreshed by its existence.

We live in a time where virtue has been cheapened to mere morality – morality is not virtue. Virtue cannot be attained by acts of human efforts, though it often gets placed into this category. A person with virtue is one who displays a deep authenticity in the way they handle others and anything (good or bad) that comes their way with grace, wisdom, steadfastness, and love. It cannot be mimicked and I love that.

As followers of Christ we are called to a life of virtue. A life that is so perplexing and refreshing that it breathes new hope and life into this dying and unsettled world.

It always blows my mind how relevant the word of God was, is, and always will be. Check out Psalms 14-16 below:

“The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Psalm 14: 2-3, NIV).

The Lord is constantly searching the earth for those who are seeking him – those who contain His virtuous Spirit. And sadly, we humans have disappointed. But Psalm 15 and 16 goes on to explain about those who He sees and is pleased by. What a joy it would be to bring pleasure to the Creator!!!

“Those whose walk is blameless , who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart…who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind…whoever does these things will never be shaken” (Psalm 15: 2, 4b, 5b, NIV).

“I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing‘” (Psalm 16:2, NIV).

If you skipped over that last sentence, you missed the whole point of this post.

Apart from God we have no good thing. Can you say that with full conviction? That without God there is nothing that we can do that will ever be good enough? I’ll speak for myself when I say I’m tired of striving. I’m tired of trying to please people who never seem please-able. Our world is dehydrated and we need to quench it with authenticity, we need more virtue. Allow the I AM to exhale into us His spirit of strength, fervor, and virtue that He should be well pleased.

— Alexis Reinsel

Bruised, Not Broken

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Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

— Isaiah 35:3-4, 10b

I have a prediction for 2O16 and the years to come: the world is going to get a lot darker, the people more hateful, and the news a lot more shocking.

Like anything in need of healing, it must get worse before it gets better. How do I know that? Simple, by observing the human body. Take a bruise for instance. What might look like a black abyss on your thigh is really something quite miraculous — the healing process is taking place. What might seem like the horrible stomach flu, is really the body cleansing itself from that which is unseen – the bacteria that we are unaware of. Have you ever thought about the miracle this is?! Our bodies quite literally take care of business while we rest our bodies in a deep slumber.

The way our body heals and repairs itself parallels the way our world heals. There is much more going on in the unseen than in the seen. Things are only going to get uglier but I promise you, this is only the beginning of God’s redemption. He is repairing souls, He is transforming hearts, and He is ready to come save us. “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come…” (Isaiah 35:4)

So family, my challenge for us all is one that requires a shift in perspective. Instead of being sucked into the abyss of fear and worry – lets put on Truth and choose to see healing. Most importantly, lets be strong and fearless because our world is bruising but our God is rising gloriously like the sun on the throne of victory.

xoxo — Alexis Reinsel