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A Butterfly.

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I'm reminded of a quote that has truly changed the way I look at the journey God has taken me on:

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly."~Richard Bach
What a beautiful thought to think that even when we are in the midst of our deepest grief and we don't know if we will ever make it through, that God sees the bigger picture. He sees that through our grief and heartache, He can form us into exactly who He wants us to be--completely beautiful and able to soar in His love.

Restoration.

Thank you for taking me to Your quiet waters, Lord. You are so good, and I could never begin to put into words the purpose You have revealed to me. You have broken me, Lord. You have made me completely whole through my brokenness and given me a purpose I could never construct myself. God, I am so broken, but You restore me and make me COMPLETELY whole. Wow. I just can’t even put into words what You are doing in me, and I want Your presence to be so enveloping to me that I see You fresh in every moment, closer with every breath. Wow, You are good, God. I can’t fathom Your faithfulness or even come close to understanding Your PERFECT ways. You have woven together my every moment to bring You glory. And I want nothing else than to bring You glory. Let Your tears in me cry for others’ souls—for restoration, as You’ve so restored me. Let me be open to witnessing the miracles You desire to share with me every day. You are breaking my heart for what breaks Yours, Lord, and I never want that …

Passion.

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I love the message of this photo. Think about what makes you most excited. What gifts has God given you to make a difference in those around you? Grow that gift by using it day-by-day. Even the smallest gestures make us feel the most purposeful if we are using the unique passion God has gifted us with.

Perfect Love.

"We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is forfear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first." ~1 John 4:16-19

God has been pouring this truth over my heart the past couple weeks, and it has been completely changing the way I see His love towards me, and also the way I love those around me.

One of the biggest areas the enemy tries to target me is through fear--fear of the future, fear for what may happen, and fear that I don't have control over everything that happens from day to day. The Holy Spirit has been convicting me s…

My Soul Speaks to You.

God, You’ve been so faithful to me.
I think about the tears You’ve wiped away,
My sin-sick soul saved from decay.
You’ve spoken Your love gently to my being.
Your passion in me is so utterly freeing.
I notice Your hand has been my guide.
You’ve called me Your servant, Your daughter, Your bride.
So often I wish to accept Your grace,
But I push it aside, not accepting a trace.

Sometimes I can feel the doubts rising,
Shooting up from my very soul—
Like venom attempting to take control.
Yet, Your grace makes me fully free.
I am called to live victoriously,
Not like an exile with no place to belong,
But like a beautiful bird with a freedom song.
I feel Your Spirit gently tugging my heart,
A gnaw of discontent, a long for a new start.

Please break my heart for Yours, Lord.
So often I miss the grace You give
Because I can’t justify the way I live.
Remind me that that’s exactly the point.
My struggles and fears You redeem and anoint.
You take every single shattered piece,
You heal my scars, You…

First Semester Reflections.

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When I arrived on campus two weeks ago to start the new spring semester, excitement filled my heart. I spotted familiar faces—people I’ve made memories with during the fall semester. Somehow, the overwhelming jitters I felt when I started my first semester of college seemed to disappear, and instead a renewed confidence of my place here at Evangel filled the space where my apprehensions had once been.

When I began my first semester here as a freshman, I felt very uncertain about the many weeks that would await me—away from the comfort of home, where I felt extremely safe and warm bundled on my soft couch watching scripted Turner Classic Movies. I suppose what I most feared about beginning a new chapter at Evangel was that it was an unscripted start, an unpredictable present.
Yet, as I began to go to my classes everyday, learned about others’ lives over meals in the Caf, bonded with girls on my floor during devos, and had deep conversations about God’s love with peers, I began to feel a…

On Eagle's Wings.

This song so inspires me. What a beautiful blessing from Psalm 91.

He's Always Been Faithful.

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I'm heading into my 7th year of blogging! It's really incredible to look back at old entries to see the dreams God has fulfilled and fostered, the uncertainties and worries He has calmed, the purpose He has created from pain, and the desire He has instilled to keep growing in His grace and deeper in love with Him. As we reflect on God's faithfulness, we are able to renew the vision God has placed in our hearts. He has always been faithful, and He will continue to remain faithful.

Here is a song that has TRULY touched my heart the past few months, and I would love to share it with you:


"All I have needed His hand will provide. He's ALWAYS been faithful to me." Amen and amen!