He stays the same through the ages. His love NEVER changes. Though theres pain in the night, JOY comes in the morning.
I’m awestruck at the amount of grace the Lord pours out on me daily. I am so undeserving.
"And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light." Romans 13:11-12
Reading this tonight was so powerful. I’ve been having a hard time setting my priorities straight these past few weeks. And I’ve been struggling to fit time in to spend time in the Word—as awful as that sounds. I don’t want to just “fit” in time in the Word I want it to be what my day relies on and what I need to do to get through my day. I know that in my heart, yet my actions haven’t been lining up. Reading this tonight has put some of my thoughts and realities into perspective. The time is now…not tomorrow, not in a month, not at the end of the semester. The time is now. I can’t stop putting off my relationship with God like it is something I need to check off my checklist. I need to dig into God’s word NOW and seek Him first NOW. Sooner than later, Jesus will be returning to this earth, and frankly I want to be ready. I want to share the good news, and be bold in my faith. And want to become like Jesus. Not tomorrow, but today.
Just a couple days ago I was talking to a friend, and she asked me what my dream was. At first I didn’t really give it a second thought, and gave her my cliche answer. But later that day, I kept thinking about it and asking myself, “what IS my dream?”.
This last year at bible school has been the best year of my life. I’ve learned so much about myself, the Lord, and who I want to be through Him. This year has really set my head straight and redirected by thoughts. I’ve fallen in love with Jesus. And thats something that I desire for every single person. It breaks my heart watching people who don’t know Jesus like I do. Thats what this whole life is about, and they’re missing it. I read a quote last night and it said, “We can’t solve problems for others. We can introduce them to the Lord.” And thats what I want to do, I want to show people Jesus and show them that they can have an amazing life with Jesus Christ. God designed this life for life with Him. So we could be in a relationship with Him. The whole bible points to Jesus’ life and death, so we could live without separation with our Lord and Saviour. I can see the hurt and sadness in the world today, and it breaks my heart that all this people don’t know Jesus. I KNOW Jesus and because I do I don’t want to keep that a secret I want to share it with the world.
After reflecting on this past year, I know that my dream is to be Jesus’ hands and feet. I want to do His will for my life, and make disciples of all nations. For His glory! Nothing else in this life matters, my desire is for Him and only Him. And I am going to make that dream a reality.
Yesterday, Yesterday, Yesterday. Wow! God really moved yesterday throughout the whole day. Firstly, we went on our outreach to the Hope House and just hung out with these amazing teen moms and their babies. We just got to know the girls and built relationships with them. It was just so amazing to see how strong these girls were to keep their babies, it was just incredible. After that we went to a christian rail jam in Denver, which was SO sweet. It was awesome to see all these sick boarders! After that was the best part of the day. At 10 pm we went out in the busiest and craziest part of downtown Denver and evangelized til 2am. I can easily say that was the scariest, most uncomfortable, stretching, moving experience of my entire life. The streets we walked on were filled, literally FILLED with night clubs and bars and there was people swarming the streets. And to top things off it was zombie night so there was all these drunk people walking around in these creepy bloody zombie costumes. We started praying and talking to these random people outside of the bars and it was just incredible. God really moved last night. I experienced the holy spirit in a whole new way and I was really stretched outside my comfort zone which was so cool. By the end of the night I was talking to anyone and everyone about God and what they believed in, and I got into some really amazing conversations that hopefully stirred something in their hearts. God is indescribable and is so alive and real! I encourage anyone and everyone to go spread the love of Jesus to anyone and everyone. We are called to further His Kingdom!
Mark 16:15 says, ’And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. ‘
Now, if I may put it that way, Our Lord is like the dentists. If you give Him an inch, He will take an ell. Dozens of people go to Him to be cured of some one particular sin which they are ashamed of (like masturbation or physical cowardice) or which is obviously spoiling daily life (like bad temper or drunkenness). Well, He will cure it all right: but He will not stop there. That may be all you asked; but if once you call Him in, He will give you the full treatment.
That is why He warned people to ‘count the cost’ before becoming Christians. ‘Make no mistake,’ He says, ‘if you let me, I will make you perfect. The moment you put yourself in My hands, that is what you are in for. Nothing less, or other, than that. You have free will, and if you choose, you can push Me away. But if you do not push Me away, understand that I am going to see this job through. Whatever suffering it may cost you in your earthly life, whatever inconceivable purification it may cost you after death, whatever it costs Me, I will never rest, nor let you rest, until you are literally perfect— until my Father can say without reservation that He is well pleased with you, as He said He was well pleased with me. This I can do and will do. But I will not do anything less.’"
Today, while I was at work, this man in the drive thru asked to pay for the car behind him. Its not often that someone pays for another car, but on the rare occasion that it does they usually ask how much the cars order is and pay for a small coffee or something little like that, but this man without asking just took out his debit and payed for the ladies 11 dollar order (considering where i work thats a more expensive order). He just smiled and paid. It just made me so happy to tell the lady in the next car that her order had been paid for. She was a regular customer and was so surprised and shocked that someone would do that for her. I couldn’t stop smiling, just the little things like that just made my day. I immediately questioned myself and asked why I don’t do things like that on a daily basis, or why I don’t openly give money to charity. Thats something as a Christian that I should be doing and that shouldn’t be something so out of the blue that it surprises people when it happens. Little things like that I should be doing on in my day to day life, because that’s what Jesus did and I should be showing love to my brothers and sisters in Christ even if it is a small gesture.