This week I have been thankful for my sisters
my beautiful mom
my stepdad finally hitting the big 5-0!
my big fuzzy puppy
and God’s word speaking to me
For 18 days I have had the opportunity to come to Georgia and see my family. I’ve gotten to put aside work and school and really have nothing to worry about while I’m here. It has been such a sweet relief after the summer I’ve had. God has been teaching me more about who He is and that I simply need to abide in Him. “Be still and know that I am God” is a verse that has stuck out to me more than anything. To be still is to put away all the things that distract us from being in God’s presence; to stop thinking about all the things that need to be done today or tomorrow, and sit before Him. During this time I am normally repeating all the names of God, His characteristics, and the things He has revealed about Himself to me. To sit before God and remember who He is is such a sweet time of peace and calmness.
This morning I woke up with a to-do list a mile long in my head. I had errands I needed to run, things to do around the house, people to call… And I began doing those things and then stopped with the conviction that I hadn’t taken the time to read my Bible or pray this morning.
I want to be very honest and say that I have not been diligent lately in spending time with the Lord, but yesterday and today I have had the desire to be in the word.
So I say down on my bed and opened my Bible to my favorite Psalm. Psalm 46. When I got to the end, one verse stuck out to me: be still and know that I am God. be still.
In my normal routine I am rarely ever still. I fidget all the time and am always running around trying to get things done. But that verse reminded me that we have to slow down and choose to spend time with the One who created us.
As I sat there and forced myself to be still I started feeling peace come over me and I began going through the names of God that I know and who I know God is. It was wonderful to think of how magnificent He is, but that He loves us deeply. It’s all in His perfect character.
Take a break today from the hustle and bustle of life and remember to be still before the Lord, knowing that He is God.
I’ve been a sinner my whole life; I run to God, get distracted, stumble, fall down, and yet every single time God graciously brings me back to Him with sweet reminders of who He is. For some reason I can believe that there is something out there that will be better for me than Jesus, and I am proved horribly wrong every time. God has been convicting me of certain behaviors and has been humbling me before Him so that I stop believing I can do things on my own. God wants to draw us to Himself and His voice is the sweetest of them all. He is not harsh when He calls us back to Him, but offers the kind words of forgiveness and love. What a wonderful God we serve!
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Every girl who grew up on Disney Princess movies has an idea in her mind of what Prince Charming would look like if he was brought to life. I’m not talking about just outward appearances (although its a plus for him to be cute), I’m talking about personality; the kinds of things he will do and say.
Prince Charming is the perfect man. For me, he is the typical talk, dark, and handsome man. He pursues and woos the girl he finds special. He stands up for her, takes risks for her, and is a hopeless romantic. He laughs easily and is always smiling. He takes charge and makes wise decisions. He’s perfect…in my mind, that is.
There’s no perfect guy out there just waiting to sweep me off my feet. I think that I have finally accepted that fact. There is no such thing as the perfect guy.
But there is Jesus who is the perfect Savior. His sacrifice is better than any love story Disney can come up with. His love for His precious daughters is greater than the love any earthly man can give.
I just pray to one day be blessed with a godly husband who knows that he isn’t perfect, but also knows that through Jesus he can be the man he was created to be.
Life isn’t easy. Life gets really tough sometimes and somehow we have to make it through another day. I got some really tough news this weekend regarding some family issues and as much as I want to lay in bed and cry all day I HAVE to get up and get through it. Satan throws some really sucky curve balls at us and we can’t dodge all of them. They can hit us right in the gut or they can hit us and open up an old wound. Either way, it hurts and it’s painful.
When I first got this news at home I did the first thing that came to mind: run. I got in my car and just drove out to the lake, sat in my car and bawled my eyes out for a good while. I like to think of myself as a pretty strong person, but Satan threw something at me that just broke me. I felt so hopeless.
And then I started looking at the lake, how the sunset was reflecting off of the water, how there were families out in their little boats having a grand old time, how there were ducks EVERYWHERE, and I was reminded that God is an amazing creator. I began to think about this study I’ve been doing on all the names of God in the Bible and one particular name came to mind: Adonai Yahweh, which means Sovereign Lord. This name emphasizes that God is sovereign over every single situation in life; the universe, nature, humans, politics, sin, salvation, EVERYTHING. AND THAT’S AMAZING.
Even my own life that seems so insignificant sometimes. But God cares about it and is in control of the chaos that happens.
I began to pray and thank God for all that He is. I prayed for healing and restoration. The Holy Spirit moved me to pray because I really just wanted to shake my fist at God and scream WHY? But instead I prayed. God is powerful and can do anything. I will trust in the fact that God uses for good what Satan means for evil. And that is where my peace comes from.
Life is tough, but God is a whole lot tougher.
Dear Body, you’ve been great the past couple of nights at the gym. I really didn’t think you’d be able to run for as long as you did that first night. I’m proud of you. Dear Contacts, I really need you to last me for at least two more weekends. I’m about to go on a road trip where we will be driving at night there and back. I need y’all to do your job and stop letting my eyes go blurry. I’d like my roommates and I to make it there and back safely. Dear Sena, I love having you as not only my boss, but as a friend and mentor. I’m so thankful for you. Dear Roommates, I am really praying that everything works out for this next year. Things have been crazy and hectic, but I know God will work everything out according to His will. It’s amazing that He cares about every single thing in our lives. Dear Texas Weather, it’d be really cool if you could warm back up. I would really like to be able to sit on my front porch again without being bitten by freezing cold wind. Thanks!