Please help me never forget everything you’ve done for me. You’re amazing and so good to me even when I feel lost, alone, unloved and unworthy. I can rest in the thought that I am absolutely none of those things.
– I was lost, but You found me, and rescued me from my sin and despair.
– I was alone but then You came to me and comforted me and held me.
– I was unloved but You loved me more than anyone else possibly could. You sent Your only son to die for my sins, to cleanse me of all unrighteousness
– I was unworthy, but You saw the good in me, You’ve loved me and cleansed me and called me worthy of Your love and worthy to be called Your daughter, Your princess.
You are so good to me, on a daily, no, minute-ly basis yet still I’m stupid and I forget. I have the worst memory about these things and it makes me mad at myself. You’ve done everything for me, I would literally be nothing without You but still I’m stupid and want to go off on my own sometimes or I feel bad for myself and feel all of these things that You have saved me from. Help me always have You at the forefront of my mind and help me glorify You through all things. You’ve said me from death, destruction and endless torture, living my life for You is literally the least I could do.
– For giving me a place to stay this summer
– For giving me a job this summer
– For letting me have a job that is relatively easy and relaxing
– For letting me have all the friends that I do
– For always providing me with more than enough of everything I need
– For blessing me with things that are more than I need, but things I just want
– For giving me the abilities You’ve given me
– For blessing me with the talents of writing and photography, that I can use to glorify You
– For letting Carrie come and visit this weekend
– For introducing me to new friends for the summer so I’m not alone
– For giving me the means to communicate with my friends that I miss
– For giving me the passion to be excited about all of the weird things I love
– For giving me books and movies and fictional worlds that I can live in and experience in my mind
– For giving me love for other people, sometimes I think I care too much because sometimes I get hurt but I know that it’s better to have loved and lost than never have loved at all.
– For giving me my bike for transportation this summer
– For giving us Your word in the Bible that we can read and get to know You more
– For giving us the ability to even know You at all, to have a relationship with the Creator of the ENTIRE universe.
You are so beyond good to me, help me never take it for granted.
Today at church, the pastor had an amazing sermon about being done with sin. He discussed how if we are going to live for Christ, that means we’re willing to suffer for Him, which means that you have decided to stop sinning. (1 Peter 4:1). He also discussed how sin hurts everyone, it hurts the sinner and it almost always hurts those around the sinner as well. The pastor used the illustration of tracking dirt into your house, you can pretend it’s not there but if anyone else comes in, they’re going to notice that you have dirt all over your floor. We have to actually clean up the mess (Or sin) and fix it. Fortunately, we don’t have to do this task on our own, we have a Lord and Savior who not only died to be able to forgive us of our sins, but also our Savior who is also willing to help us clean it up, we just have to surrender to Him and let Him fix us. If we are going to be done with sin, we have to be armed with the attitude of Christ. We have to say and believe, not what we want, but what God wants.
The second point he made was to live for God’s will all the time. Saying no to sin hurts but if we live for God, we say no to the will of the flesh and say yes to God. Saying no to sin does cause some suffering but if we stick with it and still say no, that suffering will cause us to grow in our faith. Also, sin starts with putting God in the wrong place in our lives, which is anywhere but first place. If we want to do the will of God in our lives, we have to ask which is stronger, the will of the flesh or the will of God? If we really want God to be first in our lives, we have to let God be the one to win, and let the will of God be most important.
The next step for this all to occur is that we pray to put God’s will first. We need to listen to God, not just talk to Him. We have to have constant conversation with God and live a righteous life for Him. “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16)
As a conclusion to all this, we have to do the will of God to be done with sin. We have to always be armed and praying and listening to God. We have to stop chasing the desires of the flesh and start chasing the desires of God.
So yeah, I thought it was a really good sermon and definitely one that everyone needs to hear I think. Since as humans we are all pretty good at sinning quite a lot unfortunately. I think those if we get better at following these tips, at truly surrendering to God and trying to focus on His will, our lives will be much better.
I wrote yesterday about how awesome the sermon at church was on Sunday but really Sunday was just all kinds of wonderful. In the evening Sunday, Kyle, Jared and I ended up having an amazing discussion about just all the cool things God is doing in our lives and we shared encouragement with each other. Also during that time Kyle prayed over me and Jared individually and it was just an awesome experience. At about 1:30am Kyle went to bed but then Jared and I ended up staying up talking and worshiping God until 3am. I was definitely exhausted all day yesterday (Though a nice two-hour nap after work helped that) but it was completely worth it and I definitely don’t regret a moment of it!
During this time of fellowship, it was discussed a little bit about giving up things for the Lord and focusing on Him more instead of focusing on our worldly possessions and things that totally don’t matter. When we were talking about this I was convicted of just how much time I waste especially on the internet. Now don’t misunderstand me, I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with the internet, I think it’s a wonderful tool really and it has honestly helped me in so many ways I would shudder to think what I would do without it. That being said, for the next week or so I have downloaded an extension for Google Chrome to block some of my time-wasting sites so I can’t get on them. During this time I plan on spending more time studying my Bible, spending my time with people and loving on them and working on school work. You might be asking why I didn’t block WordPress but honestly though I post just about every day, I actually don’t waste too much time on here, I read a few blogs, I post and I check my stats about twice a day but that’s about it and I realized that WordPress is also a site where I talk about my faith a lot and hopefully I’m reading some of my readers for Him and I’m trying to really bring glory to God through this site. Sure, I try to do the same on other sites like Twitter and Tumblr but I also spend a lot of pointless time browsing those sites so I’m off of them for the week. Some of my friends are doubting I can do this but honestly I know I can. I’m doing this for God and to really try to focus on Him and meditate on what He wants me to do instead of just wasting time on things that don’t matter.
So, what about you all? Do you have things God is wanting you give up for a while? How do you all focus on God and work on giving Him the glory He deserves?
Thanks as always for reading!
Yesterday at church our pastor had a wonderful sermon on eternal life. He discussed how awesome it is that Jesus gave His life for us. I mean let’s think about this, God literally sent the person He loved the most in the entire world to be tortured and murdered for us. You’d think the least we could do after that is be enthusiastic about this awesome, free gift of eternal life we’ve been given. I mean really, think about it, I mean obviously as humans we don’t have this capability but think about the person you love this most in this world, then think about sending them to be tortured and killed for everyone in the world, to save everyone, then on top of that, the people He saved forget about Him and disobey Him and often forget and don’t even seem to care about what He did. Seriously, what the pants are we doing? Why aren’t we thinking of God and what He did for us all the freaking time? Let’s say I was about to be shot, and someone (Just for fun let’s call them Fred) came and saved me. Wouldn’t I think about what Fred had done all the time? I mean, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t stop thinking about Fred’s kindness, bravery and love for me. What God did was way more impressive and awesome than that so why do I sometimes get distracted and stop thinking about what He’s done? I’m so stupid sometimes. I mean really, what am I doing? I need to focus on God more.
Also, the pastor talked about how God so desires a relationship with us. I mean, He’s the CREATOR of the universe and wants to spend time with us and really know Him. The pastor used a quote (I can’t remember who it’s by unfortunately) that said, “God is like a father playing hide and seek with His children and hides in the closet but leaves the door open and sticks His foot out and then coughs really loudly when they walk by.” He wants to get to know us, He longs for that relationship, He wants to be found. That’s how awesome He is.
Instead of my normal Friday “To My Future Husband” post, today, as it is Good Friday, I will instead be writing about that.
I know, I know, it’s a cliché topic to write about on Good Friday but that’s just it, it shouldn’t be. Yes, year after year Good Friday comes and goes and honestly most people don’t pay that much attention, it’s a story most of us have heard forever. Literally, it’s a story I’ve heard since I was born and don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing, it’s the most important story ever told but due to the amount of times we’ve all heard it, I think it’s losing it’s meaning to most people. How often do we stop to think about what it truly means? At least for me, not that often. This Holy Week however, I’ve been trying to view it differently, to really reflect on what this day means.
Good Friday of course is the remembrance of the day Jesus was hung on a cross and brutally murdered. He did this for us, He didn’t have to but because of His love for every single one of us, and His wish that none would die and be sent to eternal life in Hell. Why don’t we think about this more often? I mean, this is ridiculously awesome and the most loving act that has ever occurred in the history of the world! He died for us, He was tortured for us, just to save us for sin, which we don’t deserve at all. That kind of love is outstanding and what I strive to live for in life, I want to live my life with that kind of love for people. Obviously I’m not nearly that loving because I’m not perfect and I’m only human but this is what I strive for. To love people enough to lay down my life for them.
This sounds like a sad story of course, and it is, it is the saddest story ever, that my Savior, my Jesus, my everything was killed and tortured for me, but that’s not the end, because 3 days later, He was raised from the dead. But more on that later. For now, think about how awesome this love is and truly reflect on what this means for us.
John 15:13 ~ No one shows greater love than when he lays down his life for his friends.
Mark 15 ~
The Crucifixion of Jesus
A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the Jews.
They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
The Death of Jesus
At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,t he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
The Burial of Jesus
It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
Ok, so I’ve never done a two-part (or any other amount of parts) post before but I decided I will today and tomorrow. So for today’s post I will be talking about what our pastor discussed at church yesterday. We got to church and our pastor said he was going to be discussing Jesus’ love language. For those of you unfamiliar with love languages, an author named Gary Chapman wrote a book a while ago called the 5 Love Languages discussing how we all have a different love language which is how we express our love and how we best receive love. More on that in tomorrow’s post but our pastor talked about Jesus’s love language is for us to obey His commandments. In John 14, Jesus says, “If you love me you will obey my commands.” Basically this means that when we’re obeying God as we should, that’s how we best show love to Him. Without obeying Him, we’re not actually loving Him at all. We could say we’re loving Him all we want but if our actions don’t show that then they don’t mean anything. I thought that even though that’s a pretty simple idea that people think about all the time it’s underrated and super true and I think we should all (especially me) think about that more often in our daily actions.
For part 2, tune in tomorrow! (Ok.. that was a weird way of phrasing that.. this is not a tv show… Anyways, read it tomorrow.) And let me know what you thought of this post!
Today on Facebook, I had about 5 friends post this video. I watched it and was so touched by it that I had to share. Everything this man says is so true. Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship with Jesus. When He was killed on that Cross two thousand years ago, He wasn’t thinking of Himself like any human would when they were being put to death, He was thinking of me, and of you, and of everyone that would ever walk this earth. He was thinking of how much He loves us all. This video is perfect because it truly describes Christianity, it’s not some religion, religion isn’t why we’re here. Religion kills innocent people on a daily basis. This is about a relationship, a loving, perfect relationship with someone who cares enough about you to die so you can live eternity in Heaven. And that to me is pretty amazing.