How to trust God in difficult circumstances

There are many days that have gone by where I have just given up on trusting in others who have let me down so many times. I wonder why people are so hard to trust?…why it is hard for me to trust people after everything that I have been through? In this world people are so caught up on trusting in others and if they can’t trust them then they move on from them. What I have came to realize that part of my problem that I struggle with is putting my trust in the Lord. I will trust him in certain bad situations but won’t trust him in the good circumstances.

As I was swimming through what to read in the Bible I came along this verse in proverbs:

“Trust in the lord your God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him. and he will make your paths straight.” // Proverbs 3:5-6

When I had read this verse it has made me realize that I was focusing on my own doing and not on what God wants me to do. When we go our own way we are going down a broken path but if we go down that narrow path that leads to god he will make that path straight. Yes that narrow path he has set before is rough and bumpy sometimes but He is good all the time and is faithful through it.

The journey through life leads us through many peaks and valleys. When we reach the mountaintops, we find it easy to praise God, to trust him, and to give thanks. But, when we trudge through the dark valleys of bitterness and despair, trusting God is more difficult. The next time you find your courage tested to the limit, lean upon God’s promises. When you are worried, anxious, call upon Him. Remember that God rules both mountaintops and valleys with limitless wisdom and love now and forever.

“Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that?” // Elisabeth Elliot

 

What To Pray:

Lord, when I trust in things of this earth, I will be disappointed. But when I put my faith in You, I am secure. You are my rock and my shield. Upon Your firm foundation I will build my life. When I am worried, Lord, let me trust in You. I know that You will love me and protect me, and You will share Your boundless grace today, tomorrow, and forever.

 

~ Gabbie Chase

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Jesus Over Depression

For so many years I have been dealing with this thing known as depression.. I never really knew it was a real thing until this year when I found myself at breaking point. I didn’t know what it was or even why I was feeling the way I was, I just continued to believe that it was normal for people to feel as sad as I was. I didn’t realize it was the reason why I was feeling all of this guilt, shame and pain inside me. It took me awhile to realize that God is bigger than the depression and battles I face because he has made me stronger through them.

“My  depression doesn’t define me. Although God  Hasn’t freed me from it, He has given me the strength to ignore the lies it tells me.”

I truly believe that my depression is full of lies from satan and that they aren’t real and they were never real. Im not gonna say it is easy to have depression but with god I believe that I have more strength then I have ever had before in my life. Because I’am not trying to do things in my own strength anymore because it is not possible for us to do things on our own, because god is the only one capable to be in control in our hard trials and our difficult situations. But I have come to the realization that God puts these trials in our lives to get us to reach our breaking point  a point where we know we can’t do it on our own anymore and that it is to bring us to god or bring us closer to his presence.

God has created everyone of us with a unique purpose that can bring us joy and bring him glory. I believe that overcoming this depression with god can be very moving towards others and I want to be able to share my unique story with everyone else and I want to do everything in my will to glorify god. Whether it is working at a job or even babysitting or taking care of someone or even being there for someone.

God has given each of us spiritual gifts and I believe mine is encouragement and wisdom because Im best at helping others through their pain and pointing them to god to the god who has saved me from myself and my sin and your sin. God brings us through different chapters in our lives that either are good ones are really hard ones but we have the ability to take control of the situation and look at it as worthless to keep trying or to be positive and depend on god. I used to let things bring me down and make me feel worthless like I didn’t matter or belong here but god has shown me what my purpose is and that is what keeps me going everyday.

Im not gonna try to say I know what you are going through but what I can say that there is a god bigger than all this pain and the things you are facing right now in your life and that god will never leave you nor forsake you in any circumstance because he loves you. I want to be the counselor that can help others find their purpose in life and find the love that is chasing them day by day through their struggle of day to day life. I believe I can do all of that with God on my side.

~ Gabbie Chase

How Could You Leave Us.


To: My birth parents

From: Your daughter Gabbie Chase

(Svetlana Victoronova Chernikova)
Dear Mom (Alexandrovna Nadezhda Chernikova)

THE INTRO
I’m gonna start off by saying that this is a letter to you guys about how I am doing and what my life is like now without you guys. I personally have to say that I have always wondered about you guys my real parents and if you are still alive. Now I don’t know if you guys are but if there is a chance that you are then there is a purpose to this letter…
THE PURPOSE
The meaning of this letter is to explain the anger and sadness that I have been feeling for awhile now for not being able to have a chance to meet you guys and know what you look like as well as not being able to ask the biggest question which is why you left me in an orphanage?…

Throughout my 18 years of life so far I have realized that I never thought about you until these past couple of months. Many months of feeling in despair and pain without knowing you guys because all of the people I have met know there parents and live with them and see them everyday.

I wish that could me I’m not gonna say that it has been easy without you because it hasn’t been. Every moment of the day I see people with their families wondering where’s mine? Why didn’t they come back to get me? Did I do something wrong to deserve this? I never really understood how I got here until these past 2 years,

I never even thought about you guys until now. Lately it has been killing me the most because I just graduated and got a new job and I just wish I would’ve been able to share everything about my life with you and most of all I wish I had a chance to meet you guys. I have no clue whether you guys are still alive but if you are than I have some hope that you guys would see this letter or at least try to search me up and find me, if you don’t then I understand… I have honestly felt so much guilt because I don’t quite understand why you gave me guys up but I am starting to realize why.

I am now 18 years old, just graduated high school I live with 2 parents and a brother that was also adopted from the same place where you left me. I live in Ohio and Im going to be going to college to study counseling so I can help other people with things that I have had to deal with and go through. I am a christian as well and I believe that God had all of this happen for a reason because I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t adopted. God had a plan and a calling for me thats why he chose me and everyone else including you guys. He loves you guys so much I pray everyday that you guys can come to know God. There is no love like Gods love his love is everlasting and he stays the same today, yesterday and forever.

I am finally realizing how much I am blessed to be able to live life as a christian and to have christian parents taking care of me it is a true blessing that I will not take for granite not even in the hard times because I know that God has created me strong enough to handle it, not by myself but with him by my side. I have come to know that it is impossible to do things on my own. Because sin takes over you when you try to be in control I have learned the hard way many times because of my pride.

THE OUTRO

I know that God has made a great plan for my life and He has given me purpose that I can use for his glory and If there is any chance that I can share it with you guys that would be amazing. I just have hope that I can meet you guys, its hard not knowing who you are or what you guys are like but I believe that God has made all of this happen for a reason and will do what is best for me because He is good all the time.

Love:

Your Daughter Gabbie chase ( Svetlana Victorovna Chernikova )

Have You ever Felt Like You Can’t Seem To Wake Up To Reality?

Latley I have been feeling that way. Everyday we get unexpected things that happen in our lives. Things that are good or bad that will just make you happy or leave you in the dark. So many times life has hit me where I’am to the point of just giving up. But for some reason I don’t. That reason is because I believe that God has given me a great purpose to continue to impact others lives with my gift of encouragement.

Everything that happens here on this earth will not last. But we make it seem like it does, like we will always have money, clothes, cars, items but those things don’t sit by you at your grave. The only things that will last is Gods love for us and his faithfulness and Kingdom.

Thats why we shouldn’t take things for granted because they can easily be taken away just like that by God after all He is the one who has blessed us with all of this worldly stuff but to enjoy to a certain extent and still put him first.

Why do we let these things define us when they don’t last forever? That only thing that should define us is god because he created us in his image. Without him we would not have life. He has saved us from the wrath of god by dying on the cross for our sins.

God Is the only way to having true life that is to be lived like him and to share him with others and show his love towards others because we love because he first loved us.

So I encourage you to stop trying to find reality in the things that you have but to realize that what we have is a blessing.

~ Gabby Chase ~

What If Gods Will Isn’t As Complicated As We Make It Out To Be?

What’s my purpose? What is God’s will for my life? And how do I know if I’m currently on the right path? These are all questions we’ve once asked ourselves, and I believe the topic of God’s will to be one of the most discussed topics among evangelical Christians as it pertains one’s spiritual journey.

What if God’s will isn’t as complicated as we make it out to be? What if there isn’t a right or wrong school to go to, or job to take, or person to marry? What if we’re making more of a mess by asking questions than we are finding clarity? What if we’re making this whole thing a lot harder to understand that it’s supposed to be?

While trying to discover my own purpose in this world, I asked myself a lot of the same questions noted above. I guess just like everyone else, I wanted to make sure I was making the right decisions, staying true to God’s plan for my life, and weighing out all my options to make sure I was choosing the correct path in life. I wasn’t asking so many questions because I was unsure of God’s will, but instead, because I wanted to make sure the decisions I was making had me in the center of his will.

I wonder how many of us are spending so much time worrying about making the right decisions in life that it’s actually interfering with our relationship with God. Could we be stressing so much about God’s perfect will for our lives that we’re actually missing out on the bigger picture? I believe so…

“The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.” ―Elisabeth Elliot

I understand that God has a specific plan and purpose for each of us in this life, but I’ve always wondered how truly specific that plan really is. Is there any wiggle-room? Is there space to breathe? While some people hear audible callings upon their life, which I believe are in fact from God, what about those who haven’t heard exactly which road to take? I understand that the Bible states only one road leads to salvation, but what about our day-to-day lives? What about those people who have sought to be led by The Spirit of God but are at a crossroads in life, one where both roads lead to something good and righteous? What then?

God’s Will Is Like Ice-cream

When discussing God’s will and our purpose here on earth as Christians, one passage of the Bible that has always stood out to me is 1 Corinthians 10:31

which says, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” To me, this passage is the essence of God’s will for each of our lives. That no matter what we end up doing in life, just do it for the glory of God until God gives you clear and audible guidance.

If you sing, do it for the glory of God. If you’re a stay at home parent, do it for the glory of God. If you’re a writer, do it for the glory of God. If you feel called to be a teacher, do it for the glory of God. If you work at a restaurant, then do it for the glory of God. No matter what season of life you’re currently in, just do it all for the glory of God. That’s God’s will for you. Because when you glorify Him, you align yourself with that of Christ.

I believe God’s will to be similar to that of Ice-cream; He doesn’t care what flavor you choose, just as long as it’s ice-cream. So instead of stressing whether or not you’re making the right decisions, ask yourself whether or not your decisions are glorifying God. If they aren’t, then I don’t believe them to be part of God’s will. But if they are, then you may just be right where God wants you to be.

God’s will for your life is simple; glorify him in all that you do.

~ Gabby Chase ~

The end of this chapter going onto a new chapter.

The high school chapter is coming to an end, but a new beginning of a chapter is only beginning.

When I first started High School I didn’t know I would get anywhere In life. I started out being a closed off intervert who didn’t really talk to people because of being bullied. But that changed through each year of high school. I began to talk more and made a lot of new friends along the way. God really blessed me with some great friends who lift me up in many ways but he brought some in my life that taught me lessons.

Each friend has a purpose in my life whether to show me something or to impact me in a way and I also have a purpose of being their friend. If it wasn’t because of my friend’s I wouldn’t be who I am today. But as senior year has ended I have to go out into the world and fufill the purpose that god has given me, I belive that is to be a Christian counselor either in a school or a church.

I feel that the gift He has given me is to encourage and help others and lead them towards God, the same God who died for all of us and saved us from our sin. The same God who never changes and the same god whos love never changes no matter how much we hurt him with our own pride and doing. He has died for everything we have done wrong and forgave us and still loves us to this day.

Although I know that being in many new different environments will be hard for me I know that God is there with me and is in control. I know that my identity is in Christ and that my confidence comes from Him.

I know I can handle it.

I will be confident

He is the God of my struggle

He is the God of my joyfulness

He loves you.

~ Gabby Chase ~

Our Need For Forgiveness

Often times we find ourselves going through things with either are friends or family. Where they have said something or you have said something has hurt you really badly or have done something to ruin the relationship. Our state of mind tells us to not forgive those who have hurt us and have put us through so much pain. But in the midst of the pain that we have caused God by our sin God still chose to forgive us and die for us loving us to the point where we can’t love ourselves or anyone as much as he loves us.

Choosing to forgive or not forgive someone is a hard choice depending on what they have done to you or said to you. But by God’s grace he can lead people to forgive others no matter how difficult it may be. I recently watched the movie “I can only imagine” a movie about the artist behind the song “I can only Imagine” and what his life was like and what lead him to write this song. He was struggling with writing songs because He didn’t forgive his dad for hurting him and not being a good father towards him until he realized that God had sent him home to fix things up and he realized that His dad has cancer and is dying and he decided to forgive his father for all the pain he caused. By God’s grace we are able to do that too we just need to have God give us the words to.

I myself have been working on forgiving someone for the hurtful words they have said to me and how they have made me feel when they treated me really bad but I have come to the conclusion that I can’t do it on my own I need God to give me strength to be able to it.

If you are going through a rough time right now with a relationship that you are in whether bf/gf or family or friendships know that God can give u the strength to forgive others and He can provide the right timing for it.

~ Gabby Chase ~

It’s The Little Things.

Often times we take the little things that make us happy for granite. I admit that I have been one to do that as well. But what if we looked at them a different way?… Well to be honest with you that Is not hard at all. All you have to do is look at things in a way of being blessed. Because we all are blessed in one way or another.

God has blessed us with many things like:

  • A place to live.
  • Good health.
  • Food to eat.
  • Family to go to.
  • Cars to get to places.
  • Jobs that provide us money.
  • Education to learn new things.
  • Etc…

But do really realize how blessed we are? Most of the time we are too busy getting caught up with ourselves and the lives we live we don’t take the time to realize this life was given up by the one and only God Jesus Christ. If He didn’t die on the cross for us where would we be? Well that’s where God comes in. He gave up his life for us to be able to enjoy life. Not only living it for ourselves but for mainly living for Him and glorifying Him.

I sometimes find myself one day just driving home from school or to work and I would just be driving listening to some music and while I am driving I am also taking in all of the beauty God has made outside. It just is very enjoying and we are blessed to be able to look at whatever kind of day it is whether raining, snowing or sunny and nice outside because He is the one who created all of nature by his own hands.

One of my favorite things is to look at each and every different kinds of cars that have been made and when one of my favorite sports cars pass but maybe that is just me but look for the things that bring you happiness. I feel even more happier inside knowing that God has everything happen for a reason and it all just brings me such Joy in my heart.

The little things that we enjoy are only here for so long so breathe in every moment that God gives you and know that you are blessed and that you are loved.

~ Gabby Chase ~

The Person Who Will Never Leave us.

the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:4-5 ESV (see, I wasn’t kidding)

Darkness cannot keep Him away from us. We can’t escape Him, yet we often turn our backs to Him, choosing to live a life that is less than human.

To be truly human is to know the One who created humanity. When we are separated from God, we are missing the true essence of the human spirit.

You may feel desperately alone and unloved, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. The very God of the universe – Jesus – is there, right where you are. You can’t touch Him with your fingers, but you know that He has touched your soul. Your heart longs for something more than this life. That longing can only be met in the scars of Jesus.

I’m not sure what you’re going through, but I know that Jesus is there with you. He hasn’t abandoned you. The sin, the disgrace, and the death that you brought on yourself was taken upon Him when He died on the cross for your redemption. You have no need to live in shame and fear any longer. You’re called to a life that is far more interesting and worth living than you ever dreamed.

The scarred arms of Jesus are open and waiting for you.

~ Gabby Chase ~

The Fight We Face To Find Joy

 Joy is one of those things we’re all searching for. No matter where we’re at in life, we all seem to want the same thing: To be happy. We choose to look to a person, money, Job, Bigger house, Newer car, a better anything. Our pride takes over what we thought we knew was ourselves. We live in a world where if we don’t have what another person may have then we don’t fit in or we aren’t appreciated or noticed. 

I have found myself as well trying to find joy for awhile now. With everything changing around me it makes it harder to accept the things that are happening but I know that God is in control and that He is here with me and He is there with you too! He never leaves us, nor forsakes us.  

“We might find Joy for a moment, especially in the wonderful blessings that come from God himself, but yet even with the best of things, the Joy never seems to last.”

This joy that we continue to seek for in this world can never be found because joy isn’t apost to be found in this world it is apost to be found in God. I’ve found that once somethings goes my way or I get exactly what I want, I often feel like I did opening presents up on Christmas as a kid. 

Have you been there?

Maybe you have tried looking for Joy everywhere, including some places you now regret. Decisons and things you’ve done that you only wish you could take back. You tried to look for joy and all you found was brokenness. 

Well if that is you, I am in the same boat as you. We all have tried to find joy but very few people actually find it. 

“Joy is one of those things that everyone is searching for, but few people find.”

So, if this is true, where can we find true joy? Is it even possible?

Yes, true joy, great joy, is only found in one place: Jesus.

Instead of running after all kinds of different things looking for joy and never finding it. Instead of being miserable. Instead of piling up regrets.

Great joy, an abundance of joy, is found in Jesus.

And get this:

Jesus doesn’t offer us joy, He is joy.

Do you want joy? Jesus!

Do you have no joy? Look to Jesus!

Do you want more joy? Jesus!

But here’s the truth when it comes to joy – we have to fight for joy.  Because each day there are countless things that will try to steal our joy. It’s gotten to the point where sometimes it’s our routines of everyday life that are joy stealers. 

Life has a way of beating the Joy right out of you.

I haven’t even metioned the big things like:

Cancer.

Marriage problems.

Sickness. 

Sometimes it just feels like it’s one thing after the other. But isn’t that why we need to fight for Joy?

Its deciding that regardless of what I am going through, Jesus, I choose you. And regardless Of what today might bring you, I’m keeping  my eyes on you. And regardless what I’m walking through even through this, Jesus I choose you.

Joy isn’t about putting on a happy face.

Having joy doesn’t mean being fake and wearing a mask, instead the good news about Jesus is that in the midst of our hurt, in the midst of  our stress, in the midst of life, and in the midst of our broken world, God sends us Jesus, and through Jesus we can have Joy. 

We might need to fight for that Joy, but His joy, Jesus’ joy, is constant, and it’s unchanging.

~ Gabby Chase