Archive for July, 2010

July 21, 2010

Walking unaware

You could say that yesterday was “one of those days” for me. A feeling that I woke up with, and that I just couldn’t seem to take away. The highly emotional being that I am, I make things a greater deal than they need to be. Openly sharing with all of you, it’s a struggle at times but it’s not something that Christ isn’t dealing with me in.

What God spoke to my heart this morning and is continuing to do so even now, is I cannot walk around unaware of His presence. I refer to God sometimes as someone who is so distant, as if He lived so far far away from me and our communication is limited.

And that’s completely false.

God is nearer than most, he’s more consistent than anyone or anything and his Spirit resides in me. And knowing that, being aware of his constant presence, is a powerful reality. It’s a reality that I want to hold onto so tightly because if I have that knowledge and never let it go, I can overcome the human weaknesses I have and I’ll never feel alone.

It’s helpful knowing that God never leaves us. And I pray that both you and I, would come to be more aware of His presence.

The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

July 19, 2010

Full contentment

After spending a week at camp, and hearing sermon after sermon, I can’t help but recognize a dominate theme in all that is happening around me.

It doesn’t matter how far you stray, or how much damage you’ve done to yourself spiritually, it doesn’t change the plans that God has for you.

This is a word of encouragement for those of you who might need it right now.

I found myself in a place where I knew I wasn’t doing the right thing for God. What I mean by that is that I found myself at times knowing that I was supposed to be doing more for God than I was, and I was ignoring it.

Upon ignoring the calling God has on our lives, we try to find different avenues that we think could lead us to full contentment. We think that there has to be something else out there that will lead us to far greater successes and happiness. But that’s where we are wrong.

Denying ourselves of the one thing that we were designed for, is losing ourselves. Never have I again felt such a strong confidence in the calling God has placed on my life, and it’s all because He led me back to the environment I needed to be in.

Following what you believe to be the right path isn’t easy, ever. But through conflict, growth is produced. And you begin to develop into the person that you need to be, because the purpose that God has for your life is greater than anything you could imagine – and once you find yourself in that place, nothing can steal your joy or bring you down because you’ve found complete contentment.

July 6, 2010

Excerpt from Primal by Mark Batterson

“Is it possible that we’ve given God a passing glance instead of truly hallowing His name? Is it possible we’ve settled for a god who fits into the constraints of our logical left brains instead of the God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can imagine with our right brains? Is it possible we’ve studied the God of logic without truly worshiping the God of wonders?”

Leonardo Da Vinci was quoted with saying:

…the average person “looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, inhales without awareness of odor or fragrance, and talks without thinking. “

July 5, 2010

a night of joy

I’m fully content with life. Not in a place of complacency, rather in a place where I am enjoying everyone and everything. I want to take it all in slowly, as slow as I can. I don’t want to miss anything. I want to record every smile, every burst of laughter, every moment of energy in my mind so I can reflect on it when I’m alone. Like tonight.

I’ve spent most of the night to myself. Drawing and listening to music while I reflect on time spent with my family, both of my families.

What’s happening inside of my head and inside of my heart are greater than I can describe to you. My mind has not stopped spinning since I woke up this morning. I’m on a path of life that is like no other – I’m encountering obstacles and road blocks but I overcome them. I overcome them with the joy of the Lord which is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

The colorful life I was talking about in my previous entry is the life I am living. To be where I am today, it’s taken a lot. Sacrifice and obedience. It’s taken moments of ultimate weakness and moments of shame. When I thought I could do it on my own, I fell flat on my face. When I thought I didn’t need God, I was empty and my soul was lonely.

Nights like tonight I’m given the time to reflect on all that I’ve been through and all that I’ve done. Of all that I’m presently living and I’m just so happy.

So happy because my life is on track. So happy because I have a God whose love is faithful and greater than I could ever imagine.

I pray that you’d feel the same way I feel tonight.

Actually, I pray that you feel better than I feel tonight. That you may overflow with the joy that comes from the True Source of Love. That comes from Our Father Above.