Isaiah 61:1-7 [ Announce Freedom to All Captives ] The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because Godanointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners. God sent me to announce the year of his grace— a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies— and to comfort all who mourn, To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by God to display his glory. They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new. You’ll hire outsiders to herd your flocks and foreigners to work your fields, But you’ll have the title “Priests of God,” honored as ministers of our God. You’ll feast on the bounty of nations, you’ll bask in their glory. Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever.
If I told you joining my team for $7 would put an end to someone’s slavery would you do it? I did it. I couldn’t think of a reason not to.
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I love this verse and this pretty little photo. It reminds us that ultimately nothing else matters and that God and the things of God should be our #1 priority. When you have your priorities straight–everything falls into place.
The Message version of the Bible puts this scripture quite well:
27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes
In short all of our needs will be met. God concerns Himself with wildflowers–why won’t He concern Himself with you. So give all your focus to Him. It’s for the best.
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I found this note in my iPhone from last year. I still have a lot of random thoughts from 2014 in my notes that I haven’t posted about but this one stood out to me. I’m currently in a season where 99% of the time I feel great. I have a job I love, I love my church, I feel the closest to God I ever have, and I’m happy with the little things in life. I’ve been through quite a few dark times, don’t get me wrong, but I’m trying to create as much “storage” during this good time for when the inevitable down times come in life. This means I try very hard to read devotionals each morning in a book, then daily verses in my iPhone, then daily verses in a reading plan in my iPhone, then daily blogging where I also look up scripture. I want to have good habits during this good season to be prepared for when the bad may come.
I don’t remember why I wrote this in my notes but I know that it is true. I have gone through times where I was happy in a relationship, or happy with friends, or whatever the situation was. And you can take God for granted. Like it’s cool God, nothing’s wrong so I don’t need you now. I’ll let you know when something goes wrong. Right?
But I think after this past season of my life where I’ve found myself alone, without strong friendships, with anxiety or stress, or feelings of desperation, hopelessness, etc you discover every day is hard–good or bad, without God. You see, you can grow self-dependent. You are used to going through life and relying on your own abilities to do things, but eventually no matter how good you are—you’re going to burn out and run out of resources. I think as horrific as seasons in my life have been, God knew I needed to go through them in order to realize even in my good habits that I still needed God. I didn’t need myself. I didn’t need friends. I didn’t need a relationship. I needed God.
Now have I perfected these things? No. But am I way better at them because of what God has brought me through? Yes.
Even when we fail to think of Him and fall short, God is THAT good, that He will create opportunities for you to need Him. To remember Him. He knows we are narrow-minded at times and selfish and prone to independence, but He cares enough to show us that He’s still here and we still need Him.
Your love is devoted like a ring of solid gold Like a vow that is tested like a covenant of old Your love is enduring through the winter rain And beyond the horizon with mercy for today
Faithful You have been and faithful you will be You pledge yourself to me and it’s why I sing
Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips
You Father the orphan Your kindness makes us whole You shoulder our weakness And Your strength becomes our own You’re making me like you Clothing me in white Bringing beauty from ashes For You will have Your bride
Free of all her guilt and rid of all her shame And known by her true name and it’s why I sing
You will be praised You will be praised With angels and saints we sing worthy are You Lord You will be praised You will be praised With angels and saints we sing worthy are You Lord
I love this song because there is something for all of us in it. God is devoted and loves us all uniquely. His love endures. He is faithful. He Fathers the orphaned. He is kind. He carries our burdens. He brings dead things to life. We are His Bride and we are free of shame and guilt through Christ alone. He is worthy. He will be praised. Every knee will bow. Every tongue confess. He is Lord. Thank God, He’s Good.
From Job 9 MSG: God’s wisdom is so deep, God’s power so immense, who could take him on and come out in one piece? He moves mountains before they know what’s happened, flips them on their heads on a whim. He gives the earth a good shaking up, rocks it down to its very foundations. He tells the sun, ‘Don’t shine,’ and it doesn’t; he pulls the blinds on the stars. All by himself he stretches out the heavens and strides on the waves of the sea. He designed the Big Dipper and Orion, the Pleiades and Alpha Centauri. We’ll never comprehend all the great things he does; his miracle-surprises can’t be counted.
Psalm 36 MSG:
5-6 God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.
When I saw this video last night I was blown away. I watched it again a moment ago and it gives me chills. This is just a portion of the total image of Andromeda. According to Space Telescope: “This is a cropped version of the full image and has 1.5 billion pixels. You would need more than 600 HD television screens to display the whole image.”
As the video pans deeper and deeper you see tons and tons of stars. It reminds me that there are so many of us humans in the world, and God formed each one of us. Just as this galaxy is breath-taking, in God’s eye’s we too are breathtaking. He keeps track of all of us.
If God can make things in His image, I like to imagine that this enormous galaxy is reflective of Him. Just like it says in Psalm 36 His love, loyalty, purpose, verdicts are just as vast as this image. You would need much more than we can see to display the whole image of who He is.
Our God is amazing.
“Willpower is your best friend when things go well, but it’s the first friend to check out when you get weary” – Joyce Meyer’s “New Day, New You”
Today I feel weary. I’m still trying to battle this cold I have. Yesterday a friend of mine from church got into a car accident and is in a coma. It’s hard sometimes not to feel tired when life happens. It’s important to remember that willpower is a fickle friend. It’s not reliable. We can’t only look to our own strength. That is what God wants. We need to let Him do what only He can do and get us through hard times or times of weakness/sickness/exhaustion.
Isaiah 40 MSG:
27-31 Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.
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Psalm 111:1-10 MSG
Hallelujah! I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got— Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation. God’s works are so great, worth A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment! Splendor and beauty mark his craft; His generosity never gives out. His miracles are his memorial— This God of Grace, this God of Love. He gave food to those who fear him, He remembered to keep his ancient promise. He proved to his people that he could do what he said: Hand them the nations on a platter—a gift! He manufactures truth and justice; All his products are guaranteed to last— Never out-of-date, never obsolete, rust-proof. All that he makes and does is honest and true: He paid the ransom for his people, He ordered his Covenant kept forever. He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect. The good life begins in the fear of God— Do that and you’ll know the blessing of God. His Hallelujah lasts forever!
Today is a simple post–God is worthy to be praised and respected. He is a personal God, a truthful God, a faithful God. Let us worship and adore Him today for His goodness and grace.
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