August 28, 2014

Wherever You Are, Be All There.

I've been learning a lot recently- be where you are, when you are there. There are no accidents. No trivial mistakes. There's a reason why you're here in this spot, now. "But He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. But He is unique and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, that He does. For He performs what is appointed for me, and many such decrees are with Him." -Job 23:10-14 || So thankful, so blessed and filled with joy to be reminded by Him once again of the height and depth of His faithfulness. He knows where you are; He has lovingly paved and planned that road since the beginning of time. I think sometimes, we forget that God is all powerful. That He is all-knowing. That He is all-capable. And that we are not any of those things. He's not a God of sometimes. He's a God of always
Why is it so hard for us to believe that God loves to give us good gifts? His heart is full of love for us...always! What if this path we walk now, with its current hardships and rocky ways, is a good gift..? How then, shall we respond to it? May it be with always running back to His everlasting, open arms...always kneeling at the foot of the cross. 

"Just you wait and see; and you will be amazed. Just keep on believing this story is so far from over, and hold onto every promise.."


July 30, 2014

-To Grow Dim-

I want to grow dim standing next to Him
in the light of His glory and grace. 


July 28, 2014


i stared into the branches of a tangled old tree, rooted in the mountainside above the ocean. and thoughts happened. 

We, as God's beloved children, are to grow in grace. We are to produce lasting fruit. But are we left to our own ways of producing fruit? By no means. He is our vine- the True Vine. We are new creations. He is to take over our lives and hearts, and remake us from the inside out.

How will we react to the seed scattered in our hearts? May we grow in the good soil. Secure plants, rooted deeply in our Savior, can withstand storms more than the little ones with no roots. Growth needs to occur. We can't sit here doing nothing- we need to ask for the Lord to prepare our hearts for the work He's given us to do (Eph. 2:10). God does not call us to growth in our own little compartment inside our own little comfort zone. This- this- is a growth that affects us in every way: it's transformational, not informational: God directed.

Grow in grace and knowledge. 
Grace- none of us can live up to His standards. Grace is love applied to others in the same manner Christ showed love to us.
We can't truly grow in  Jesus without basing our lives on His Word.

If we want to live a life in and for our Jesus... all must be laid on His altar. 
If we want to leave a legacy, we must build our all on His Word. 

It's understanding applied personally. We are called to be doers, not hearers only. I need to work on asking, "How is this going to make me a flourishing plant for His glory?"
And what plant doesn't need the Son?
The Son shines. 
The Spirit waters. 
The Word feeds. 

It's not just knowing Jesus... or knowing about Him... or even of Him. It's growing in Jesus...delighting with others in Him. It's absorbing, entrusting to others. It's that legacy I desire to leave, yet again.
We're all an individual growth plant. If His eye is truly watching the sparrow, how could I ever doubt?

Let me be a Sonflower for my Savior, soaking up the light of the world, growing in the Word. Lord, i give You my heart, i give You my soul, i live for You alone. 
for He is life itself.