With the launch of the new website, I felt it was time to share and explain the reason for naming this blog “She Who Moves Mountains.” So if you've ever wondered, here's the full explanation!
I am someone who asks a lot of "why" questions. When I'm studying the Bible, it isn't any different. I've never been able to take a scripture at face value; I want to know the "why" behind every little part of it. WHY does God say we shouldn't do this? WHY is that a commandment? WHY was he selected as a disciple? WHY WHY WHY. Sadly, asking a lot of "why" questions doesn't *easily* lead to a lot of answers. So, this huge part of who I am as a person became a stumbling block in my faith. I began to be scared to study the Bible because inevitably I would come up with a lot of questions and the unanswered "whys" were starting to build up. Finally one day I said, "I've had enough of this. I'm tired of running away from questions about my faith for fear that I'm believing in a fairytale." That's where She Who Moves Mountains comes in. My heart behind this blog (and hopefully one day community of girls) is that we stop running away from the "whys" and start looking for them because every time I find an answer, I feel like I understand God that much more. And isn't that what all of this is about anyway, getting to know the character of God on a deeper level? We can't do that if we don't ask questions.
I was online one day and found this quote, “Perhaps you were given this mountain to show others that it can be moved.” I love it for so many reasons, but I think the biggest is that it recognizes that mountains can be moved and that you will impact others by moving your own. But why do either of us have to have mountains in the first place? AKA why does God let bad things happen to good people.
This "why" question has plagued my mind for years—always wondering why I was born into certain situations and others weren’t. We think “bad things” should only happen to “bad people” and that when something “bad” happens to “good person” it’s not fair. Finally, I found the answer in John chapter nine.
Jesus is walking with His followers when they come upon a man who was born blind. The followers ask Jesus, “who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” In essence they’re asking Jesus to reassure them that someone must have done something for this man to deserve blindness, but Jesus corrects them and says, “neither this man nor his parents sinned, this came about so God’s works might be displayed in him.” So right there Jesus literally tells us that sin does not equal more mountains. The end. This means that God isn’t mad at us or declaring war on our lives when we receive a mountain, but that He is ready to make Himself known THROUGH us. Still though, it takes FAITH to move that mountain.
She Who Moves Mountains is about the pursuit of bold and unabashed faith, the faith that moves mountains, by asking the hard questions- the ones we are scared we won't find answers to and refusing to sulk in the belief that God has it out for us because we received a mountain to move. We choose to believe that we are actually never the main character in “our story.” We are merely vessels for the power of God to be showcased.
Okay so how do pursue bold and unabashed faith, the faith that moves mountains?
Here are the five key ingredients to FAITH THAT MOVES MOUNTAINS:
Prayer is not just a thing you do before bed at night or before a special meal, but something you do every second of every day. Prayer is a continual conversation with God. Talking with Him about everything that is happening as it is happening. Really hoping to get a good parking spot when you get to the mall, talk to God about it. Starting to feel a little jealous of someone, why not share that with God and let Him begin to speak to you about it before it becomes a BIG issue. Or even did you just see something that made you happy? Tell God what joy that brought you and ask Him to open your eyes to see more that brings you joy. Connecting with God through small talk can make it so much easier to bring the big things to Him. It's like asking your best friend for something vs. someone you barely know. Having faith that moves mountains requires us to be in constant communication with God.
This is a BIG one. I never really understood fasting and I thought it was something only people in Bible times did, but it's so so so important for us to do today. Having faith that moves mountains doesn't require you to forego eating for three months of the year, but it does require self sacrifice and a strong mind. Fasting does just that. Fasting produces a strong will that rejects the flesh and our flesh is what brings about doubt.
Worship is a key component. Every single time you come to worship your heart is reminded that God is in control and how great His power truly is.
"That's just not my thing."
I'd challenge you to ask yourself if you have ever found yourself raising your hands and jumping up and down at a concert... a sporting event? After I became a Christian I found it really difficult to enjoy myself at secular concerts because I would inevitably see thousands of people jumping up and down with their hands held up to the person singing. This is so interesting isn't it? Why do we do that? It's an act of worship. I think it's so interesting that in the midst of even the raunchiest of concerts you can still see GOD. You see the masses dying to worship something, anything, someone that understands and relates to them. The problem is their worship is misplaced. Worship God in the same way you would act at a concert for your favorite artist. If you're scared to "worship" in that way at your church, 1. you should find a new church, 2. it's okay to be a little scared, worship in your bedroom, in your quiet place, it means just as much to God, but hopefully one day you will be able to be in community with people who accept whatever your style of worship is!
"Sometimes I just don't feel like worshiping."
I was once told that we must worship even when we don't feel like it to remind ourselves that God is good even when we aren't feeling good. That's so true. Does God's goodness decrease because you're having a bad week? Does He deserve less from us because we didn't get the best sleep last night? No. We have to CHOOSE worship. Worshiping when only you feel good isn't really worshiping at all, it's just perpetuating your current emotion.
4. Getting in the Word/Studying the Bible
Okay, seriously. Time and time again I find myself having questions run through my mind about God. The "what ifs," you know them. What if God ____? Sometimes I think I fear that there won't be an answer to these questions or that the answer I find will be one that challenges my faith, but that's no reason to shy away! In fact, shying away from questions you have about your faith is literally the worst thing you can do. They will gnaw at your mind in the late hours of the night until your are crippled with unbelief. You HAVE TO confront these questions and desperately seek answers to them. I promise you aren't the first to have the question you have and you will certainly not be the last. I can also PROMISE you that God will provide an answer at some point to all the questions we will ever ask. Studying the word of God is where a lot of the answers can be found. For example, I told you earlier about the answer I found to the age old question, "why does God let bad things happen to good people?"
5. Correcting your thoughts
This is probably the number one thing in my experience. In fact, I wrote an entire blog solely on taking back your mind! You can find that HERE! In essence, it's all about taking your thoughts captive to obey the word of God and you can only do that through coming to Jesus in all of the ways mentioned above- prayer, fasting, worship, and studying the word of God.
These five things are crucial, but trust me, you can't do them alone! We need to be in fellowship. So if any of this resonates with you, I encourage you to join the private She Who Moves Mountains Facebook Group HERE! This is a FREE community, for women only, where we can ask the hard questions (the ones you might feel comfortable asking on your own Facebook wall) and come alongside each other as women of God!