creation sings

God of creation
There at the start
Before the beginning of time
With no point of reference
You spoke to the dark
And fleshed out the wonder of light...

And as You speak
A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath
Evolving in pursuit of what You said
If it all reveals Your nature so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You say
Every painted sky
A canvas of Your grace
If creation still obeys You so will I
So will I

 

WOAH. Can you say powerful? I love this song so stinking much because it evaluates and explains the best part about this earth—nature. This world is filled with unbelievable science and creation that was all imagined by a loving God. Not only did He create every aspect of this complex universe, but He spoke this world into existence. All He used were His words (check out "words"...previous blog post). God's creation bent under His power and obeyed Him. Similarly, we are called to obey the Lord and praise Him & His wonderful creation. If this does not strike you as impossible, shocking, or amazing, then you must be insane. God did the impossible, according to human standards. In fact, God is the impossible. The Lord's power exceeds any human comprehension, and His creation screams of His magnificent glory. His creation is breathtaking. By admiring nature, we are glorifying our heavenly Father. His creation sings of His wonder, His power, and of His beauty. Take a look outside and see for yourself.

 

 

the desert

Have you ever wondered: Why does the desert play a significant role in the Bible?

God speaks to people in the desert because it is a place of intimacy, contemplation, and where we learn how to be dependent on the Lord. The desert, an isolated place lacking much life, teaches reliance. How we "survive" in the desert symbolically represent our relationship with God. There are two options...trust the Lord...OR wander on your own in a place that lacks life. This place of dependence is where the Lord spoke to His people. There is order and life where God speaks. When God brings us into the desert, there is a meaning and reason, so embrace it and listen! Trust Him!

All of the biblical godly role models were tested in the desert at some point in their life...

Moses lived & traveled in the desert. The children of God (Israelites) wandered in the desert. David was chased in the desert. Jesus was tested in the desert. And, Paul went through the desert.

//Questions//

Have you gone through a "desert"?

Did you rely on the Lord while going through it? If so, did you ultimately find life and hope in Him?

or...Did you choose to go through it alone? If so, did you struggle to find life and hope in whatever else you relied on?

 

I APOLOGIZE FOR USING THE WORD "DESERT" SO MUCH ;)

 

 

sophomore blues

This year has been rough...let's be honest. I have been trying to balance the stress of school, friendships, cheer, and church all on my own. Honestly, I have only gone to God for temporary verse encouragement. Yes, His word fills, but not when you are using them for personal gain. I have been going through the motions for the past few months, feeling like a zombie. Ever since my concussion, my mindset is to survive...wake up early...go to cheer...get through school...do homework...go to bed...START OVER. This routine of "surviving" got old very quickly. I recently have  reflected on THRIVING in the Lord each day, instead of trying to survive.

Because of God's continual love & grace, I should not try to survive but thrive each and every day. How can I "thrive" in school? That's my big question. Many mentors have poured into me during my life, and thanks to them, I have an answer: First, see yourself the way God see you! You are beautiful, loved, and a light! There is no reason for comparison, especially the comparing of outward appearances because ultimately beauty radiates from within! Joy comes from the Lord. Dive in with Him, and you will find joy, love, & peace! Second, see others the way God sees them! He sees everyone as His beautiful children. Look around you...these are your siblings in Christ! Love like Christ. Be gracious, selfless, and grateful. Talk to someone you don't normally talk to! There is so much unused time in the day...use it to elevate God's kingdom!

I would like to end with this last point...Everything in this world is temporary & unfulfilling. Nothing truly satisfies and fills our emptiness except for Jesus. Putting hope in the things of this world will leave you broken – empty & craving more. This world is temporary, but heaven is eternal! Why put hope in something that does not last? I choose Christ & an eternity with Him!