Know who you are, like who you are, be who you are. I often hear my church repeating this common catch phrase in sermons, but I honestly never took action to comprehend its meaning. It wasn't until this week that I fully understood and began living out this simple phrase. As I traveled over spring break with my friends, the Lord revealed to me how I can achieve confidence in myself. (1) Know who you are: I am a child of the living God. (2) Like who you are: Realize that the Lord made you perfect in his sight. He has given you spectacular gifts in order to elevate His kingdom. Once you understand that each person on this earth is different for a reason, you can begin to love yourself and others for who God made y'all to be! (3) Be who you are: Live out the Lords purpose for you by using the gifts He has given you. Our Heavenly Father created you with a unique personality and unique talents. Think about how you can use yourself to promote His glory. The Lord gives us confidence to love ourselves, others, and Him. I encourage you to seek confidence in Lord because without it our lives become an unstable, emotional roller coaster. But, with confidence in the Lord, you find hope, vision, and purpose. Confidence is when you have rooted your identity in the Lord instead of rooting your identity in the pleasing of the world.

"Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." - 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." -Galatians 1:10

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 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?