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Where are your hands?

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Where are your hands?
For as long as I can remember, music has been a big part of my life. The Lord works in mysterious ways and He has spoken to me through music a handful of times and invoked some spiritually stretching thoughts. I was listening to the radio the other day with my sister when the Alanis Morissette song “Hand in My Pocket” came on. If you don’t know who I’m talking about you should definitely go look her up, she is a legend from before our time. For those of you who aren’t familiar, I will give you a little run down about the song. Throughout the song she’s telling a story that can be interpreted as a young person dealing with life and reeling from emotions. She ends the verses with the line, “I’ve got one hand in my pocket and the other is..'' fill in the blank. 
A few months ago, after a call from the Lord, I started volunteering at Rushton’s Hope Ministry every other Friday. It’s a wonderful organization located in Griffin, Georgia. Their mission is “Meeting physical and spiritual needs wherever the Lord leads.” But I’ve come to the realization that even though what I’m doing is a good thing, it’s only a small portion of my life spent volunteering whereas being the hands and feet of Jesus is a 24 hour gig and I should be spending every day looking for ways to do just that. 
So as I was listening to this song I was playing the question over in my head, “Where are your hands?” We know that we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus but what does it really mean? We know that Jesus spent every second of His time on earth serving those around Him, so I think it is really quite simple. Jesus no longer walks with us but His love is forever alive in our hearts. 
Listening to that song was a big realization for me that I am never “off.” As long as my hands are busy, they need to be reaching others with the love of Jesus and for the Kingdom of God. I think it can be easy for us to get used to the mundane and we all need a fresh reminder sometimes. The day I heard that song was a good one for me. The Holy Spirit is going to meet you where you’re at and use you as long as your heart is prepared and your hands are ready to be used. 
Where are your hands?
Have you made yourself available to be the hands and feet of Jesus?
What can you do to better serve those around you? 
As I was doing some research for this blog, I found this quote. I really loved it and wanted to share it:
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which He looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which He blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are His body.
Christ has no body now but yours.”
-Teresa of Ávila
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Learning to just be held

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Doubt- to be uncertain about (something): to believe that (something) may not be true or is unlikely. : to have no confidence in (someone or something) doubt.” 

If you’re anything like me, you could fill in a million things that go along with that definition. I doubt myself; at times, I have little to no confidence in others, and as hard as it can be to admit, I often question God’s plan for me. I talked to my sister last year about how hard it can be to trust other people and feel confident that others’ have a genuine desire to get to know me and how lonely that doubt can make me feel. She proceeded to tell me that Jesus is the only one who will ever truly know me, understand me, and never disappoint me. It seems so simple, but when I’m spiraling with self-doubt, intrusive thoughts, and just pure disappointment, sadly, my first response isn’t to acknowledge that I have a savior that knows me, loves me, and will never disappoint or leave me. As young adults, I’d like to think doubt is familiar for everyone. During this season of life, with all the decisions I’ve made regarding college, who to date, the jobs I’ve taken, and the friends to choose, I’ve found that the only thing that helps me is reminding myself that the only tangible thing in this life is our relationship with God. Remembering that no matter how much I doubt or fear failure, the best thing I can do is bring those concerns to the Lord and sit in His presence. I’m still learning, but the more I practice it, the more I learn to trust that even if every person I meet on this side of heaven disappoints me,  if I fail every test in college and never graduate, or whatever catastrophe I conjure comes to pass, that I can always find peace by sitting with the one who loves me more than anybody ever could. It’s a pretty great feeling to know that you can find all the rest and peace of mind in the arms of Jesus, and all we have to do is call out to Him. 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So if you struggle with doubt or anxiety, I encourage you the same way I have to remind myself daily to lean into His presence and just be held by the peace that only He can provide.

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