I am loved. I am loved. I am loved.
If there is one thing I am definitely sure of in this lifetime, it’s His FAITHFULNESS. I am currently writing this blog entry as I pack to leave in pursuit of my further studies in Sydney. Yes, the thought of the future in an unfamiliar place without my loved ones can be so bleak, so unnerving but He has been so faithful in bringing peace and reassurance in the form of loving friends and family. When my fickle heart starts to waver in the uncertainty of the future, I can look upon His faithfulness, the promises He has fulfilled and the ones that are to be brought into fulfillment. Paradoxical as it is, my soul finally finds satisfaction when I give up before God. It certainly has been an incredible season of sowing in tears, and something about that makes me anticipate what God might do all the more (hint hint: reaping with joy!!! :D ).
This past season of waiting and pruning has moulded me in the area of my security, regarding who I am in Christ and the awareness of Him (contentment and godliness). Because I know who I am in Christ, all that I pursue and do is from a settled soul, a settled place. Being settled means having the ability to discover enjoyment in every circumstance and situation I find myself in.
It honestly hasn’t been easy but I have now tasted and seen the power of wrestling on my knees in prayer. If I’m not willing to battle both in the physical and spiritual realm, if I’m not willing to pray relentlessly, sacrifice my time, my money, myself- then I don’t value or desire it as much as I think I do. The amount I am willing to fight for something is one of the clearest indications of how much I value it.
In this past season, I have also been given a deeper understanding of community. There was a moment where I asked God for reassurance and He reminds me He loves me so much to surround me with friends who are family. These people have definitely added value in my life by reconnecting me with my Valuer. Therefore, I am persuaded that not giving up is only possible when I live life in a community. Yes, you too :)! Sometimes, I need other people to remind me that He PERMANENTLY SMILES on me regardless of what I do and no matter how I feel His favor remains! :) Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.
Thank You for your faithfulness. I pray that I won’t ever take it for granted. Thank You for friends who are family. I can embrace any change because I have You who do not change and cannot fail. Thank You for being constantly present in every season of my life- though there may be many distractions in the world, you will always be the ONE thing I can count on. My resting place today, You started the work- You are faithful to complete it. My growth in godliness is in Your hands yesterday, today, forever.
❝ Yes, there are many things that are wrong with the world. So many things to be against — but you can’t be against everything. At some point you have to begin to stand for something. Maybe the most important question is not what am I against, but what do I stand for? On my best days, I want to stand for love conquering a multitude of wrongs. I want to stand for forgiveness, for mercy, for beauty, for grace.
— Jon Foreman (via hislivingpoetry)
There are some Christians who prefer structure, authority, discipline, and hard work. They want to schedule their Bible-reading and they need to check off a calendar and they want to attend church on a weekly planner. They tithe to the exact dollar and they dress up every Sunday and they would never ever curse, not even after getting a papercut from their latest Oswald Chambers devotional. And I think that’s okay. I don’t think religion has to be such a bad word all the time. Again, effort is not legalism, because legalism is legalism.
I think God has room for the highly devout church guy who sits in the front row because God respects our individual dignity and personalities. God does not mock the button-up bravado of the sincerely stiff worshiper — because this sort of Christian is still a sinner in need of grace, like you and me, and we’re not called to treat him based on any other parameter.
God has wired each of us differently. Some Christians will drink a beer and smoke cigars and get tattoos and pray in the woods by the river with a handmade journal and Lecrae and Mumford and Sons and Nirvana in their iPod — because this is how they meet Jesus. God has a limitless imagination to speak to each of us in a wild variety of ways. To limit this is to limit God, and I don’t ever want to suckerpunch His sovereignty.
— J.S. from this post (via hopefisch)
❝ The only way to learn forgiveness is to be betrayed. You might understand the intellectual concept of forgiveness, but you will only learn how to truly forgive when someone has done something that requires you to love them and let it go. Life demands these hurtful experiences for you to learn how forgiveness feels, it could be no other way. If there is anyone in your life that you must forgive, instead of seeing them as someone who has hurt you, try to see them as someone who was sent to teach you forgiveness and thank them for this precious gift - then forgive them, and let it go.
— Jackson Kiddard (via thelovelyloner)
❝ Don’t go looking for something you haven’t lost. God has your spouse set apart for you. They are yours. Be still.
— A piece of advice from a conversation with a friend. (via plainandsimplejeanine)
Manhattan at dusk - Penthouse looking down The Plaza
Serving Christ is not about a moment in the future, but about where we are right now. Sometimes the hardest place to serve God is where we are right now, because there’s nothing particularly epic or exciting about it.
Sometimes the idea of serving God in a foreign land sounds much more thrilling than serving Him in our jobs as baristas or retail workers. However, we need to remember that everything we do is an opportunity to serve God. Honoring God is not just about the job that we have, but also about the way we do that job.
— Rebekah Bell // Your Job Is More Important Than You Think (via breanna-lynn)
❝ If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
— Matthew 6:30-33 MSG (via theriverjordyn)