Saturday, December 22, 2012

Rushing




Fear comes in like a rush of rain over the roof of a tiny house.  It beats down the shingles and whispers doubts to the strength of its stability.  The house will soon cave into the tiled floor below, crushing every sign of life that was ever inside.  Before the rain gets any power, it must go through our great God.  Nothing could ever destroy us, for we live inside the palm of God's hands.  With His strength inside our hearts, nothing could ever separate us from a life of grace.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Perfect Expectations



There is something about that smile that persuades one into believing in miracles.  One looks deep into the eyes of Christ and finds that nothing is impossible.  Love is only a prayer away, but why is it that we humans feel so unloved sometimes?  Why do I look into the mirror at the end of the day to see everything I have done wrong instead of the things I do right?  Why is my brain trained to underestimate my accomplishments and focus on my failures?  This world expects things that are not aligned with the heart of Christ.

This world expects perfection, but God sees us with mercy.
God did not create us as perfect beings.  We are here on this earth as people who are free to struggle, not struggling to be free.  God does not want us to be perfect because he wants us to experience his amazing grace.  If we were perfect, we would not want God’s hand intertwined with ours, guiding us through the waves of life.  There would be no struggle if we were, in fact, perfect.  This world wants everything to make sense.  This world itches for answers to all of the “why” questions.  The one thing that this world has yet to understand is that there doesn’t need to be an answer to every question.  There is a God who already has it all figured out, and all we have to do is trust Him.  He created the world and everything in it, so he is very much capable of walking with us through this life.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

All the Glory


I walked outside on this beautiful day and caught myself standing in the midst of any typical autumn afternoon; however, today felt different.  I was standing in a yard surrounded by auburn leaves on the ground, on the trees, and in the air.  The strong wind was picking up my hair and sloshing it from one shoulder to the other.  I dramatically struggled to keep balanced on both feet.  I felt moved to be blessed enough to graciously stand in the presence of our God.  He was all around me, and my eyes were experiencing a wonderful gift.  The gift of a typical autumn day had swept me off my feet before I even realized of its beauty.  Today, God reminded me of why I fell in love with Him to begin with.  It is days like these that keep me in awe of how wordless I fall when He stands before me.  If an autumn day on earth can feel like this, I can only imagine what heaven holds.       

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"My Dear Child"

This time, your heart has had enough.  You're tired.  It feels like a game that everyone bends the rules to play.  You're stuck inside a maze, running in circles, and the barriers will soon come crashing down atop you if the exit doesn't come soon.  You have never wanted a hero more than you do now.  You want a hero that will come and change your life for you.  Don't worry, for when it feels like you don't know what to do, there is someone who does.  Don't give up on yourself, and don't give up on Him.








My dear child,

Your eyes are tired, and your smile is worn out yet again.  I see you, but you have forgotten me.  I am trying to help you, but your mind is too cluttered to hear me.  Your walls are caving in, and you can't see that I have a plan for you.  Step aside, and stop trying to live your life with your plan.  Confide in me.  Trust that my plan will prevail.  Keep on moving through your battle, and you will soon gain the victory; however, you cannot gain a victory if you stop yourself from trying. 
Yes, there are many things that seek to break you apart.  Are you going to let worldly dilemmas overcome you when you have a Father who is readily awaiting your call for help?  All you have to do is ask, my child.  Ask for the guidance you need to get where you need to be.  You can make all the plans you want to, but at the end of the day, it is My plan that always arises.  
-God

    

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Not for a Moment












You see, I'm the kind of person to be scared when she can't see what's in her future.  I have this fear of not knowing.  It scares me to think that I'm diving into a place I'm not sure how to prepare for.  I don't know how to equip myself with the right weapons so that I'm ready to fight when the battle comes.  This uncertainty drives me wild.  I just don't know sometimes.

BUT it seems that I have forgotten something.  I have forgotten that I don't need to know what's in the future because I'm the child of a King who is preparing me with everything I will ever need in this battle of life.  I often forget that I don't have to struggle; I have the option to choose against it.  The real question is:  why don't I?  Well, I let fear be in control instead of trusting in the Father who already knows how to conquer what I'm afraid of.  Why do I do this?  Why isn't trusting as easy as it sounds?  Because... not for a moment were we made to be able to depend on our own perfection.  We were made to live through Christ, and I have to admit that I struggle, even though I don't have to.  More and more each day, I am beginning to understand what avoiding struggle really means.  It means diving into the present without being afraid of what is to come because I know that He won't forsake me, not for a moment.

   

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Perspective


 It's all about perspective.  The choice to be happy comes from within ourselves.  If we have it in our hearts that God is in control, then we will want to shine with the joy of Christ rather than dwell on the problem itself.  It's very easy to say yet so hard to do in the moment of the problem.  When we get caught up with ourselves, we forget that the creator of the universe is just waiting for us to ask for more guidance.  He sees that we are lost, but he is waiting and waiting for us to open up our eyes and trust him.  When we finally realize that it is God's plan that prevails, we are no longer afraid to move forward in spite of our trouble.

    

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