The 5 Month Curve

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen for for what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

I had my good cry already.

I cried because I came to the realization that May is not October, it’s a month that only happens in the fall, and it’ll be five months and a country away from another visit.

I’ve stretched my fingers into a large ‘L’ formation across my forehead to emphasize my sad conclusions.

Take that October! You’re an ‘L’ formation!

Rest assured, no matter the time, no matter the distance —- my heart will break from the absence but, the ache and the wait are forces I can withstand.

Take heart, God reminds us to,

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.” 1 Chronicle 16:11

I believe when God asks for us to seek Him he is thrilled by our desire, our intention to draw close, to praise, and to prioritize his truth in life. This is meant to be done always and ‘continually’ as the verse suggests.

I’m definetly a fan of setting new goals, improving my understanding and learn to better equip myself in the Word.

Through willingness and freedom through Christ, I want to take it upon myself as He did for me, and refresh the friendship that I have in Jesus; observe new ideas, places, spaces I have not yet seen. I hope to plant seeds in my spirit, and bloom more and more and more.

What better time than now?

—- Timeline —-

June 2016: Ephesians Devotional Series // Book study
July 2016: Philippians Devotional Series // Book Study
August 2016: Baptism // Colossians Devotional Series
September 2016: The Resurrected Life (14 Day) // Book study
October 2016: Proverbs: The Way of Wisdom (28 Day) // Book study
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Sacrifice & Submit

 

sac·ri·fice
ˈsakrəˌfīs
noun
    1. an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.  
sub·mit
səbˈmit
verb
  1. accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.

Every day, Christians are called to put themselves aside; defuse their sense of all former opinions, feelings, and needs to demonstrate the truth of Jesus Christ. We must sacrifice all of ourselves and submit to Christ.

“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:6

This is a marvelous form of love between God and his creation. It is God’s reminder for us that he is God, and we are not, and that he brings worth to life.  But I feel,  the act of submitting to God, or anything, fuels confusion and negativity initially when presented. After all, it’s in our nature to rebel against God (Adam and Eve for instance), and go our own way.

 But, we are to accept the authority of Christ and strive to be like Him in ALL that we do. *sugar-coating you’ve been denied*

Truly, I believe that this is the way things are meant to be; just as the sun rises in morning, your heart beats, and a man loves a woman.

This strikes a cord because, ‘being like Christ’ is not an easy task;  I feel like a terrible person because I’m chronically disappointed in what I’ve said, done or not done, and the times that I know I’m clearly in the wrong. It’s a slow backward-forward progression of ‘I’ve got this, ‘ and ‘oops, nevermind.’

I have only the mortal extent of my own mind to imagine the pain that God felt when he released his only child to a world full of loss, danger, and sin. Above all, this in turn would be light to a world otherwise flooded with decay and disgrace.

I suppose that answers the question of  ‘What would Jesus do?’ and it inspires the ways in which I am to live; sometimes it may feel like more than I can bear but, God did it, correct?

“Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you” Job:22:21

As for the heaviness I feel for being a fully-flawed-fragile-human, I know that my choice to embed God, and his ‘holiness’ into every crevice and crack of my life is THE best and most important thing that I will ever decide to do in my life. God gave his son for my sake, and the life I have represents a thank you note back to Him.

Really the alternative is to live life the way I choose, and reap the consequences of my carelessness, OR submit to a loving saviour who passionately wants to be evident throughout my life — adding worth and meaning every single day.

In close, when you sacrifice your former dumb human ways and realize the purity and direction that Jesus has set out for you, ”What would Jesus do?” turns out to be a pretty important question. That is sugar coated but…ain’t it sweet!

As I evolve in my faith and draw closer to God, I guarantee I will be eternally pleased.

And get this… so will He. 

“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in the mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.  But if you carefully look into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” James 2:22-25

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thatswhatevesaid: about being in God’s waiting room

Snails, turtles, and sloths are the top 3 slowest moving animals in the world — though, without doubt, I believe God’s timing claims that 4th position fairly easily.

*ba – dum – tss*   

A few wonderful things have happened to me, and sometimes I can’t help but snarl and throw my fist to the sky, and wonder why God won’t pick up the pace, and let the flood gates of blessings rush towards me….like….right……now.

I realize patience is a virtue but frankly, I’m not in the mood.  

Thankfully, the Word of God illustrates why patience is important through various instances, and many people throughout the Bible.

It’s encouraging to know that I’m not the only one that has felt tested, and admitted into God’s waiting room.

Job, was one of the most well known men of faith that demonstrated patience; God willingly allowed Satan to strip Job of all that was important to him as a way to test his faith.  He lost his property, crops, cattle, children…EVERYTHING.  He suffered tremendously yet he still had fervent love, and patience to see how God would work in his life.

After all that, he continued to wait.

Luckily, God enjoys happy endings and he blesses Job with twice as much as what he had before!                     
                                              
By the end Job declares,

3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

Job 42:3

If Job had not been patient in his faith, he would have never experienced the glorious blessings that God had in mind for him.
                
My hardships don’t nearly touch the grievances of Job but, a lot can be learned through his journey of faith. Our beautiful Creator has a distinct path for each of us — the key is to wait and see!

He is in control, he calls us to wait, and he calls us to trust him.

8Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.

Psalm 143:8

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thatswhatevesaid: about being rich

How is your soul doing these days?

If you’re stumped and don’t know what I mean, allow Google….

soul
sōl/
noun
1. the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.
 the soul is an ‘immaterial part’ of a living thing –
and that living thing is you, darlin’.

Isn’t that sweet, you have a soul…awe. 

I like to think of my soul as the true version of myself; the guiding principle from within that determines everything about who, and what I am.  It’s kind of a big deal.

Within the past year, I’ve seriously and intimately focused on my spiritual walk with God,

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

It’s amazing. The happiness, the excitement, and the joy that comes from pursuing the Almighty Creator! Not only that, but the richness that is added to your life….to your soul.

I’m totally with you when you mention how chocolate adds richness to your life too, but I mean rich in the sense of quality or depth overall (in this case, the soul and its correspondence with God).  God has a really good way of way of layin’ it down smooth,

He says:

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers, (2) But those who delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. (3) That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruits in season and who’s leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers!” Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)

The truth is when you chose God, He makes life awesome.  People often ask me how I can be so positive all the time.  My response rests in the joy from my Savior; I have been provided the luxury of enriching my soul through Jesus.

I believe that the most important thing one can do is find richness in life and take time to know oneself. To develop your ‘immaterial part’ and grow within the likeness of God.

I’m still learning, and I’m aware that I probably will be for a long time. This concept of the soul is difficult to articulate, and even imagine! But, I feel more purpose and delight as I’ve nurtured this urge I feel towards God.

 

So step aside, I’m rich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

thatswhatevesaid: about being fabulous… *hair flip*

Kenya Moore (Real Housewives of Atlanta), expressed it well when she described herself as being “Gone With the Wind, fabulous.”

That’s right. GONE. WITH. THE. DARN. WIND. FABULOUS.

Not only did she reference a classic- novel-turned- box-office-hit, she confidently expressed how fabulous she truly thinks she is.

Let’s all take a seat shall we?

When examining Proverbs 31:25 in the Bible, it states:

“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

I love this verse; I feel every woman should carry and view herself in this way.

Just think where we’d be, if we all pulled and strapped in our strength and dignity for the day, and cackled boldly at tomorrow?!

I think I can see the Gone With the Wind meeting your fabulous, girl.

More importantly as a woman of God,  I believe it’s important to not only study the Word and understand the vision of Jesus Christ, but also express it in daily life. God wants us ALL to think of ourselves as as strong, dignified, and confident beings!

Let’s all agree to be fabulous. *hair flip*

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