Claire McNairComment

fall, hot chocolate, and roasted marshmallows...

Claire McNairComment
fall, hot chocolate, and roasted marshmallows...

Well, my favorite season ever is FINALLY here!! I have pulled out all of my sweaters and long sleeved shirts and flannels and boots and I am ready. to. go.

Yesterday, I got to meet with my super fun and sweet friend Abby for coffee and that coffee ended up being hot chocolate. That is one of the many reasons why I love Abby. She gets just as excited as I do about a hot chocolate that has a ROASTED MARSHMALLOW on the top! What?!

That right there is what I call a true blessing.

But anyway! What I really want to talk with ya’ll about is some of what me and Abby got to talk about yesterday. So, go grab a hot chocolate, of course get it with whipped cream and if you’re feeling a little fancy, you go right ahead and put some cinnamon right on top! Once you’ve got your hot chocolate I think you’ll be emotionally prepared for what we talked about.

There’s something about a hot drink in cold weather that just really makes my heart feel happy and get’s me ready for real, challenging, beautiful conversation with people I love.

I started telling her about a Priscilla Shirer message that I had been listening to last week. It was one called “Fear Not” and man it rocked my world. She was talking specifically about the passage of Scripture where the Israelites are waiting at the edge of the Red Sea (Exodus 14), just before God parts the waters. It was a beautiful and strong message and one that hit at home in this season of life. I’ll link to it at the bottom so you can find it easy peasy!

I wrote down lots and lots of notes as I listened, but the main thing that really hit me right in the heart bone was when she spoke about how we need to pray to God as He parts the Red Seas in our lives. There are so many pieces of that one sentence that impacted me, but I want to focus on just one thing.

He parts the Red Seas in our lives, today. He works on our behalf, today. Just like He protected the Israelites and walked alongside them, that God, the God of the Old Testament is my God, today. That is the God I serve.

I think so many times we focus on the New Testament, because it feels more relevant or maybe even more practical. And the New Testament is so so good, but over the last week I have seen God in the Old Testament in ways I had never really noticed before. I have gotten to know Him better.

I have seen in the Old Testament how much He cares for me.

That brings me to what Abby and I talked about. After I shared my thoughts about that sermon to her, she said it reminded her of another story. She opened my Bible and turned to 2 Kings: 6. I had never read it before so she told me a bit about it.

She said this passage is about a man named Elisha and his servant. They are trying to get away from the Syrian army. The army is now approaching them at this point in the passage and the servant is worried about what will happen to the two of them.

When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

- 2 Kings 6: 15 - 17

God had surrounded Elisha and his servant with the heavenly host, ready to fight for them. Read that passage again.

That is your God. He is not only walking with you, He is surrounding you, ready to fight for you.

I think we know on some level and believe on some level that God is with us in our everyday lives, but when we think that, is this what we see? Horses and chariots of fire all around us? I don’t know about you, but that was a completely new idea to me.

I was left in awe of my Creator. I love when that happens.

I want to challenge you. The next time you are walking through the halls at your school, or sitting at home, or meeting up with a friend, or anytime there is just something that has happened in life that has hurt you or stung a little and you question if God is really with you in the midst of it, picture that.

Beautiful, beautiful girl. There are horses and chariots of fire surrounding you and your heart.

When the enemy comes in with negative thoughts and lies that are all too easy to believe, when the enemy is kicking you when you’re already down and you feel like you can’t get back up, STAND. Remember who your God is and see how He surrounds you. Believe me, the enemy has nothing on the army that is fighting for you.

I love you soooooo sooo much.

Go out into the world today and let God guide your steps and your heart. Serve Him and walk like the warrior princess you are. His army surrounds you always. Stand firm in the faith.

All my love,

Claire

  • Priscilla Shirer sermon

  • Something I’m loving right now!! :) International Delight Frosted Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer - just all the praise hands ya’ll! A good coffee creamer is just good for the soul.