I’ve learned that by living a thankful life, whether I am faced with trials that I can’t seem to have enough strength to face or when circumstances are too heavy for my heart and mind to bear, I am realizing that my own strength will never be enough and that our God is stronger than anything I have to face here on Earth. By simply thanking God in every situation, I am admitting that He has complete control over my life and that He knows exactly what He’s doing. If I’ve offered my life to Christ, what does it matter if I’m faced with a severely tough trial? Didn’t God make me a promise that he would always be there for me, no matter what (Psalm 46:1)? Why do I have to be afraid of the dark when the Light of the world has my heart and control over my life? God’s words in the Bible are not just merely words, they are Truth. They are promises that will last through generations, they are the breath and life that we need daily in order to thoroughly live our lives in Him, and they are the living Bread and Blood that we need to have eternal salvation. His word is complete Truth and promises that I should never forget, promises He’s made to His daughter when I gave my life to Him.
Even though I’ve offered my life to Christ, I’m often times left scrambling for security, lost in my own stressful thoughts, wondering when I will find peace again. Often times I can’t understand why I’m at a certain place in my life or where I need to go next in order to fulfill what He needs me to do. Then, somehow, whether it’s by a song I hear on the radio or a church service message that grabs my heart with such force that I just can’t deny His own voice speaking to me, I find peace again. I find this peace often because I let go of my stress, I let go of my worries, and I let God take hold of the reigns again when during the past days or weeks, I slowly took hold of them to try to control the direction of my life, even though deep down I know that my own understanding could never make my life’s path straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Our God surely is an awesome God. He has saved me through many rough trials over the years and as long as I trust in His will and His direction for my life, even though I may feel like I’m in the dark, His Light will always guide me Home. I no longer have to be afraid of what life will dish out to me because my life is now in His hands and there is no better way to live than by His sovereign and just leading. God has given me the best gift of all, simply because I offered my life to Him — I now have eternal salvation and the promise of never ever being alone in this world. How amazing is that?!
Today consisted of a sunrise photo shoot with my lovely friends dressed in white flowy dresses, standing elegantly by the river, uncontrollable laughs at the breakfast table, a mid-morning sleep over, and plans to do it all over again. I had a splendid day today & I don’t think there could have been anything else to make it better. So blessed.
Let Me bless you with My grace and Peace. Open your heart and mind to receive all that I have for you. Do not be ashamed of your emptiness. Instead, view it as the optimal condition for being filled with My Peace.
It is easy to touch up your outward appearance, to look as if you have it all together. Your attempts to look good can fool most people. But I see straight through you, into the depths of your being. There is no place for pretense in your relationship with Me. Rejoice in the relief of being fully understood. Talk with Me about your struggles and feelings of inadequacy. Little by little, I will transform your weaknesses into strengths. Remember that your relationship with Me is saturated in grace. Therefore, nothing that you do or don’t do can separate you from My Presence.
(from here, a daily devotional)
This girl has a happy heart.
I’m no longer sad about the things that used to hurt.
God is so good (:
Tonight was amazing.
Some wonderful God-fearing men came back into town and performed wonderfully at our Bible-study tonight. Their voices were almost that of angels, and their love for Christ is always so visible in the way they sing, speak to others, and live their lives. It’s truly inspiring.
Tonight was not only a night to reunite with old friends from my past, but a night to fall deeper in love with God. I’m happy to say that my heart belongs to the King of the universe, the God of all people, the God who heals broken hearts, and the God who saves. My life has turned around from the generous gesture of one person, on that lonely day in August.
God has saved me, God has healed me, and God will continue to fight for me. All because my heart is His and His alone.