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A great encouragement for today.

He is For You.

Romans 8:31-34

"What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us."
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Some great stuff right there.

Closed Doors.

"When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window." ~a quote from one of my favorite movies, The Sound of Music

Something I've realized lately is that closed doors are as much blessings as open windows. We usually expect a wide variety of doors to choose from (or at least I do!). However, when a door is seemingly shut in our face, we feel confused and ask God, "Why?" However, God has a purpose for every closed door. He opens a window. He shows us a better plan, slowly but surely.

I can think of a great example in the Bible of someone who had a door shut in his face. Joseph was a pretty easygoing guy who had it all going for him. However, one fateful day when he was sold by his brothers into slavery, his whole life changed. Bondage. Uncertainty. During his time as a slave in Egypt, he started to gain notoriety by his master, Potiphar. However, his master's wife got Joseph thrown into prison by his unwillingness to have a romantic relationship with he…

Nothing.

Romans 8:38,39

"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Nothing can separate us from God's love. Not our broken hearts. Not our broken dreams. Not our broken pasts. Absolutely nothing.

Wow.

I was reading some old blog posts and I am always amazed when I go back and read this entry from November of 2008 entitled "Imagine."
"Last night at CREW, Pastor Erik talked about imagining everything that we want for our future. He mentioned that when we were little, our dreams and future expectations were virtually endless; and now that we are older, we think that those dreams are impossible because of how the world is with certain standards and what not.

During worship time, I really asked God to put a dream into my heart. It didn't come last night, but I felt that I was predestined to do something in my life that would stretch me and change others for the good.


This morning, I had a half day at school, and my dad took me out to lunch at Lone Star. Pretty much out of nowhere he mentioned that a lady at his church that has the gift of prophecy walked up to him and started praying and prophesying over him and my family.

My family recently started a ministry …
Right now is such an interesting time in my life. It seems like I am between two stages of life. While I am still in high school, I am not planning for next year's high school course load like previous years. While I am not seeing a future next year at my high school, I am planning my next move--focusing on finding the right college--where God wants me. I am finishing one chapter of life and moving to the next.

It's funny how chapters close. Seasons end. However, new chapters begin. Another season comes. And I can feel this chapter in high school coming to an end. While that could stop me from trying, my hope and prayer is that the few weeks I have left in my high school's walls will allow me to leave an impact on individuals around me. I want that urgency of a chapter closing to cause me to not give up on making somebody's day brighter, caring for the ones who feel uncared for--loving like Jesus loves. May I be reminded each day as I walk through the crowded hallways t…