"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
Matthew 10:29





Saturday, August 27, 2011

Beautiful Things

The more of life I live, the more I realize life doesn't always make sense. Sometimes it is hard to see God's hand and pinpoint what He is doing. The path can look pretty uncertain and the journey can be discouraging.

Thankfully, God has given us His promises that we can rely on when life causes us to doubt.

These songs reminded me of some of those promises we have in Christ.




"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us."  -Romans 8:18



"And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."  -Philippians 1:6

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Matters of the Heart

"I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases"  Song of Solomon 2:7

"Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life"  Proverbs 4:23

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”   2 Corinthians 7:1

"If your goal is purity of heart, be prepared to be thought very odd"  Elisabeth Elliot

I've been impacted with the idea recently that who and what we give our hearts to is of the utmost importance to God.

Our hearts are extremely valuable and when they get entangled in wrong relationships and sin it can be detrimental to our spiritual health. This is exactly why God has layed out a foundation for how we should live in His Word- so we could avoid the pain, heartache, and shame that comes as a result of walking outside of His plan. Our hearts are the most valuable thing we can give and God asks that He would be our first love. Anything or anyone that takes His place becomes an idol.

I know my heart is given over to many things. Temptations are real and sin can be relentless. I sometimes doubt that God is enough and that He can meet my every need. But I also know that He won't stop until He has my whole heart. He wants it all and I know I will be restless until I surrender it all.

"Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name."  Psalm 86:11

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Blessings

I think we have all heard the phrase "count your blessings". Pretty simple, right? Yet, if I'm perfectly honest, I often do not recognize how blessed I really am.

I have developed a terrible habit as of late. It is called complaining. I have become a pro at looking at the glass half empty. Everyone's life looks so much more fabulous than my own and I often feel so justified to have a pity party. I can list many things I do not currently have- my own place, the resources to travel, a boyfriend, the certainty of future plans, that puppy I want so badly...you get the picture. And I whine and groan and pretend to be the martyr. However, the reality is I already have so much.

God has such an interesting way of changing our perspective. The job He has given me this summer has put me in contact with so many individuals who are truly suffering. The things I take for granted every single day- like my physical and mental health, a great home life, and countless friends who care about me- are the things these patients long to experience. I could tell story after story of individuals who do not have family or even a supportive community. These things are simply beautiful ideas that seem unrealistic. There are stories of rejection, abuse, and neglect so terrible it is hard to imagine someone could survive all of that pain and live to tell about it. After experiencing this type of brokenness, it is hard not to come home and marvel at the life I have. I have never felt more grateful for what God has given me.

My life is so rich and full. My family, my friends, and my church are gifts that need to be cherished.


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Praise God the Father who's the source;
Praise God the Son who is the course;
Praise God the Spirit who's the flow;
Praise God, our portion here below! 

  







Yes, I am so very blessed. It is all HIM.