Jesus has feelings. Scripture tells us that Jesus wept. He enjoyed fellowship with his closest friends. He attended weddings. He was betrayed 3 times by the one who claimed to love him the most. He was misunderstood. He was wrongly accused.  “We do not have a great high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way, just as we are-yet he did not sin.”

Jesus never let his feelings get in the way of obedience. Jesus even sweated “in what was like drops of blood falling to the ground” as he prayed “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” Jesus did not submit to his feelings; he submitted to his Father.

Remember the catchy old saying “What Would Jesus Do?” I had the wrist band in many colors. I’ve had a couple sisters in Christ teach me “We never have to ask what would Jesus do, we just have to look at what he did.” Jesus lived a full surrendered life lived in obedience for the glory of God at whatever the cost even when he didn’t feel like it.

Warning here….I will get personal on this blog friends out of love for God and love for you. I hope this is a place that only points you to Jesus and encouraging you as you follow him so I will add application questions. Know I’m preaching these things to myself always. Where are you following your feelings verses a life of surrendered obedience rooted in Gods Word? Are you reading your Bible to even know what obedience to him looks like or are you going off of someone else’s teaching that makes you feel good? Are you giving God partial obedience but holding some back because it feels hard? Are you following what culture feels is appropriate or what God has said? Are you following your feelings when you’ve been hurt by the one you love? Maybe you aren’t even feeling love for the one you said you would love until death to us part. Maybe you are lonely and wondering if anyone sees or cares. Maybe you feel like you need a glass of wine to unwind from the day to help with your stress/nerves(note drinking a glass a wine is not bad but if its to help you escape feelings or help you feel comfortable in a situation instead of finding satisfaction in God this would be called what the Bible says is drunkenness). Maybe you aren’t feeling like going to worship with your family after a long week. Maybe you feel you need just a little recognition for that act of service you did so you post a picture. Maybe you are feeling deep physical pain and struggling to trust God. I could go on and on with this list…you can see where I’m going.

Lets look at what Jesus did…”For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Jesus also right when he began his public ministry was tempted for 40 days straight in the dessert by Satan and each time Jesus followed a temptation with scripture. Satan even thought he was being wise by quoting scripture out of context. This shows the importance of camping in your Bible daily taking in God’s Word.

It is ok to feel. God desires for us to feel the depths of his love. We see clearly in the Bible that Jesus felt deeply but the key is turning over our agenda when our feelings aren’t in line with Gods Word. We are to trust and obey in spite of our feelings.  So how do you obey when your feelings are going against everything God’s Word says….you fix your eyes on the joy set before you. You fix your eyes on Jesus. We know we have so much to look forward too in Christ, now and for all eternity. We can look forward to the day that our feelings will fully be made new. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Jesus makes all things new including our feelings!

I’m so thankful we have a Savior that didn’t follow his feelings because if he had we would all still be drowning in our sin deserving the full wrath of God. We have a Savior that “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-even on a cross.” Oh what a Savior we have, Jesus Christ our Lord!

Lord will you help me and all reading to walk as you did not based on our feelings but in full submission and obedience with thanksgiving fixing our eyes on you Jesus the author of our faith.

Thankful for Jesus’ obedience,


**Also I will try to include my scripture references for those that want to go into further reading. This is what I truly hope you will do.

Philippians 2:8, Hebrews 2:12, Hebrews 4:15, John 11:35, John 18-19, Mark 22:42-43, Matthew 4, Revelation 21:4

Also more reading on obedience when you don’t feel like it:




The plan is Jesus

I could not begin to count the numbers of hairs on my baby boys head. Last night I held my baby tight as we waited for the results of his CT scan at nearly midnight in our first trip to the children’s emergency room. As we waited I stared at the hairs on his head in awe of the One who does know exactly how many hairs each of us have on our head. We are known by God. We are seen by God. And we are loved by God with an everlasting love that he lavished on us in Jesus Christ our Lord.

We don’t always understand or see the what and the why in our circumstances but we can trust the one who has always had a plan. Many are familiar with the scripture where God is talking to the exiles in Babylon that God has a plan for you, for a future and a hope(Jeremiah 29:11). Is this promise still for us today? Yes! Many try to guess what this plan is for them today and look for this plan. Many will look and few will find. The plan is and always has been Christ. Christ is the plan for our future with God. Christ is our hope. Jesus took all the harm that we deserve so we will have a future with God in this world and in the one to come. Jesus reconciles us to God. This is good news. Today all the promises of God find their yes in Christ.

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Colossians 1:16-20

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6-7.

God’s plan never changes. His plan has always stayed the same. The plan is always Christ. This is revealed to us first in Genesis 3. The plan is not your job success, degree(s), fun memories or even family success. When its hard fix your eyes on Jesus. When its easy fix your eyes on Jesus. Always fix your eyes on Jesus and then you will see this purpose you have been made for. A plan for now and all eternity to worship, know, and enjoy God. I’m so thankful the plan isn’t really about us but to know God now and all for eternity. During our short time on earth we also have a purpose to make known the beauty of his miraculous gospel to all peoples so they can know him too all for the glory of God. This is why missions matters but thats another post I’ll save for next time maybe:)

“The secret is Christ in me not a different set of circumstances.” ~Elisabeth Elliot

*I should note my little one just had a little fall and CT scan came back normal…kind mercy from God.