The Greatest One

I think it’s pretty awesome how I have so much time this summer to do what I want. Time to meet with friends, to go for places I have never explored, but most importantly- time to really go to the Lord. It’s definitely been a struggle, years and years on end: intentionally committing time to be by His side. As I am of the type that thrives by words (as one can see by my numerous posts…), going to Him by the Word is my outlet. His Word, which I have never read in it’s entirety (though a bit embarrassed by so, I believe I will do so one day), is something that I have chosen to turn to as a priority in days that have come. I remain thankful for this insatiated need that is not filled. For, when one believes that they have reached the end to the knowing and understanding of God- that is when they have chosen not to live by faith, but by knowledge. But wrongly, as all knowledge in this world cannot encompass the beauty, power, majesty, or presence that is our Lord and the Father.

Praise remains powerful in my eyes because of the might that words hold. Both when spoken, but also when heard. Two songs that I’ve been recently listening to (deeply) are:

Big Daddy Weave – The Lion and the Lamb & Glorious Ruins- Man of Sorrows

Maybe it has also been the season. A season of not only spring as I feel refreshed and ecstatic for the period of rest I’ve been granted, but also reminiscent of what every spring also aligns with: Good Friday and Palm Sunday. Where God gifted us an atoning sacrifice in Jesus, His Son. The Son of Man, who had come to save, but was instead uplifted to a cross where even in His last breaths: He chose to love, us.

What blows my mind (and will continually do so) is the fact that the Lord sent His one and only Son to us. The God of Israel, the one who came powerfully upon David, who revealed Himself to Moses as a burning bush: “I AM WHO I AM”, the one who was with His people in splitting the Red Sea, the Lord who created the world in six days. Much more can be boasted about Him, for His name holds all prestige in our Universe.

Why would such a powerful being choose to make Himself similar to us. To come in human likeness, to speak messages in simple ways, to make known His name by sharing how the Gospel is open to any whom willingly choose to accept.

Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before You
Our God is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain
For the sin of the world, His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
Oh every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb

He was almighty, but He came to die for our sins. How powerful and amazing He is, for we will never fully grasp the extent of His prowess, yet He chose to be nailed to a rugged cross, crying til He could not breathe anymore. Why does He choose to give His life up for millions, whom may not even appreciate or give thanks. Whom do not see or attempt to understand, because they not only do not understand, but because they see Him as different. He is so powerful, yet He was sacrificed. Made powerless before us, so that we may have another chance at life. Another chance to mend that relationship that was broken, when Adam & Eve chose to grasp the concept of power and knowing, in return for God’s amazing love.

Oh that rugged cross
My salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out
Hallelujah
Praise and honour unto Thee

When I look at a cross, I think back to Jesus being nailed. His flesh nailed to His sides, and the willingness of His love displayed for all to see. Though my friend says that it may be by faith we believe- we do not “require” grace to see how God works and loves us so. But if one were to believe in our Lord, would they not acknowledge it was Jesus’ passing that we are saved- and we are granted this second chance at being His children? Could one believe God to be our Lord, without realizing that in order for us to be reconciled with Him once again, it was solely by Jesus’ surrender for us? How can one fully come to faith without realizing it is the grace bestowed upon us by our Father, that we are made whole? So for me, it will always remain as Jesus’ reckless love. This love that not only teaches me how to be love, but also to hold it as an important trait to show unto others.

I have many questions. I always do, but what Kari Jobe reminded me of in her commentary for “The Cause of Christ” answers all: “though we may never fully understand the pain or questions behind certain things, I want Jesus more than I want to understand.” There will always be questions, but there is so much more that can come about by fully loving God and living life as Jesus did. Not simply living as me, but living as one who loves others, even the difficult ones- fully and unconditionally.

It is not fame that I desire
Nor stature in my brother’s eye
I pray it’s said about my life
That I lived more to build Your name than mine

 

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Wisdom is as חוכמה does

I have always found difficulty in grappling with the notion of wisdom. To desire wisdom- would God see this as fruitful efforts? Something that I have seen in those around me is the power of wisdom that God grants to those whom yearn for His heart earnestly.

There are several virtues present in wisdom. A fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10) is the first stepping stone to truly acknowledging the Great I Am. The awesome respect for God and an attitude of reverent worship and prayerful study, will benefit that person greatly, as they journey in their walk with God.

Discernment, is also another key virtue of wisdom. For their open ears will allow for clarity in distinguishing truth from falsehood (1 Kings 3:9). To understand how God’s creativity in establishing our world, in science, philosophy, mathematics, or even the biblical history- requires wisdom: to see life from God’s perspective.

Trusting in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5) is also essential for wisdom. For life will surely squeeze many lemons, but when these challenges present themselves, the wise trust of God is our means of overcoming this. For we may wrestle with waiting on God’s perfect timing,

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

but if we do not even know what tomorrow will bring, why not rest on trusting in the almighty, ever-lasting, all-knowing God? For not all of life’s mysteries and answers are self-evident and simple.

There are many more attributes that point to a person whom walks wisely in their steps, their backing being the Lord himself. For when one grows closer, they will see their prayerful life change, their intention and desires, and vision. All will be brought in alignment with God’s will. To further the work for His kingdom.

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More than this

It’s interesting how one may experience a paradigm shift- even after they believe they may have reached the ultimate realization of recognizable status. They have matured to the point of where identity of self has been achieved, and contentment received in it’s highest form. Knowing who one belongs to, those important to them as the ones to uplift highly, for where to place efforts, life, love, and ambition. Those have been locked down. Heightened desire is known and defined so precisely, that there does not really seem to be room for any change, because comfort and knowing is set.


It’s interesting when you delve into the Word. More and more, your desire to devour the living Word and discuss it with those around you seems to arise. Stirring hungrily within yourself as you find questions and curiosities- wanting to ask it to those close to you, also hoping to stir curiosity and excitement in them. For what greater joy is there then to get to the root of our Father. What He stands for, what His will is for us, and why we are to live out a purpose that aligns with His.

It’s been pretty mind-blowing the types of  intentional conversations I have had over the past month. I guess this is God’s grace at it’s finest. Speaking volumes when I thought there could not have been more that could have been filled.  His coincidence and timing will always remain perfect.


Maybe it’s just the beauty of Him. He has managed to show me how He continually provides; He listens to the smallest of cries and words. When you feel you cannot express it in words, He leans even closer and hears what your heart beats for. Thank-you God that we can willingly place our hearts up for circumcision, and allow you to become that which flows through the cracks and mends even the deepest of scars. You hold us in the palm of your hands and allow us to be loved, even when we feel undeserving or cannot comprehend your love that is never-ending, reckless, and all-consuming.


I manage to stumble upon the randomest of books. Being an individual that hadn’t ever really read books in their entirety, except for maybe Ruth- and that was moreso because of it’s length and relational perspective of a woman that yearns for God’s heart: Ecclesiastes and 1 John jumped at me out of nowhere. But the words, they leave deep impressions upon me and push me to question why do we decide to pursue God? His promises to us of a life eternal, with Him by our side. 1 John 3:19-24

19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask,because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

Thank-you for the efforts and time you place, through which you overflow into each of our hearts. Thank-you for your heart in wanting to seek Him first, and to support those whom also yearn to grow closer. Your support and love for Him comes first and foremost in most of the decisions you make- I believe. How maturity can come by placing His desires first, and then from His commands flows all of your choices. I hope that as you go through life, you continually place Him at the core of your life. For I believe that ultimate love and unconditional blessings will place themselves in your path to be touched and discovered, with His and your love. Though the times may become tougher to endure, for certain- you will overcome them and become someone even more humble and gentle. Knowing failures and disappointments, in highlighting the times of success and happiness with those around you in even higher sentiments. Your prayers and words, will always remain  as a testimony to the power of God, in strengthening and bestowing wisdom in those whom seek Him earnestly. Let God become the core and continue to alter your centre into a God-shaped vacuum. Fill the void, that each and every one of us experiences- with Him, His vision, His principles, His love for us • with His love for everyone else.

You’re the reason I sing
The reason I sing
Yes my heart will sing
How I love You
And forever I’ll sing
Forever I’ll sing
Yes my heart will sing
How I love You

But if I say, “I will not mention his word
    or speak anymore in his name,”
his word is in my heart like a fire,
    a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
    indeed, I cannot.

Sometimes, I think deeply on those whom have come across my path. Entwining my steps with theirs, sharing of their lives and moments. Listening to the stories of fellow friends and family in Christ in terms of what missional initiatives they have been on- to stories of preparing for the journey and experiencing God’s perfect missional timing. It is wonderful how His kingdom is being furthered in so many different ways.

Love. Wisdom. We yearn for you Let us become closer to you. But support those around us- so we not only grow closer to you, but strengthen the binding of every other sister and brother out there. Meant to be more. For You.

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A beautiful sculpture. So much more than support do you give to us. Can we do this for others, and more?

Equality

It was a beautiful day with HVDR today. We went for a walk outside, grabbed some sandwiches and gelato in-between. Up and down we walked among the trees, the trails, those paths. I learned quite a lot about her background and journey with our Father.

Something I really liked to take home from our chats was her desire to find a godly boyfriend, and husband. The prime example being her parents. Being able to have a godly husband does not entail that marriage will be easier or more beautiful, but it definitely does speak volumes when making tough decisions.

A godly partner does not mean that the male and female roles are to be literal following of the teachings in the Word. However, the biblical teaching on male and female roles and relationships in the church is first and foremost grounded in the foundational principle of equality in Christ. Both are importantBoth are needed in the proclamation of love for our Lord.

Though in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, the Galatians, the Ephesians, and Timothy indicates the leadership of the household to fall on husbands, women are equally important. The Biblical principle for all believers to be submissive to one another, rather than seek to rule over others (Eph 5:21-30). Mutual consensus and agreement to walk a certain way, under God’s rule and context in which He speaks to us. Each to their own, has strengths and qualities that come together in perfect harmony. Knowing and supporting not only each other, but the entire community.

HVDR is a delightful being in her words and time spent sharing not only about her faith and dreams, but her convictions and circumcised heart for God. The desire and belief she has in being grounded in His Truth, alongside her knowing that God has placed us on this earth for tasks He has predestined us to take up, in His name, for His glory.

Congratulations on your first steps in your pursuit of a MD. Your love and beauty, both inside and out- will not only heal hearts, but change them in desiring a healthier body, to living for a better future. I wish you the best in achieving your dreams of serving as a MD in a rural area, touching those beyond His saving grace.

Faith: Grace by salvation

Sometimes, it is not easy to understand our Father. There can be worries, anxiety, busyness, questions, discomfort, confrontations… and the list can go on – that stand between truly knowing Him, and ultimately – ourselves. Do you know Him?

One thought I’ve had in wanting to see His truth deeply is:

Through faith, we have received grace. By His grace, we receive salvation. So faith is essentially the stepping stone that one needs to take before they may realize His grace that is ever prominent around us. The beauty of His creation, or His blessings in keeping those around you safe. Can you count and bring to the forefront every  little encounter He has set aside for you? Grace remains a mysterious gift to me. He never was bound to give us grace, but He chose to because He loves us.

So grace is favor, “unmerited favor.” Salvation by Grace. Grace is, therefore, God’s unmerited favor – His goodness toward those who have no claim on, nor reason to expect, divine favor. The principal manifestation of God’s grace has heen in the form of a gift.

That then leads to salvation. For without salvation, we would all live without hope. Without salvation, we could not have a personal relationship with our Father. We would be unable to give thanks for the amazing things He has done for us – because we would not have the opportunity to see His grace.

There are so many merits that we will never be entitled to. Humans can be pretty powerless. Fame, money, and fortune – can always be taken away in a split second. But we know our will lies in His hands, and for that – do not have to fear tomorrow.

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

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As I gaze as His wonder and might

Love Is

Let’s say that I have the memory of a goldfish. Like the bubbles they produce as they swim back and forth, I may forget something quickly. So to combat this amazingly awesome quirk: let’s start documenting the important words that God graces me with.

1 Corinthians 13:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Like so many have said before: God is love. He is love, and through His love for all mankind, we were saved. There is definitely a lack of love present in the world today. In the lack of love, we have conflict, strife, chaos, confusion. All these could be so easily wiped away – like our transgressions, if we were to love like Him.

It is always through His grace that I can sit in the presence and learn, grow, and see the Truth.

There are many principles within love. Why are there principles within love? That is because without them, we may forget what love truly is. Through Him, we were given the opportunity to see these in action and with the transgressions placed on the cross, the love He has and always will have for us. Most surely out of order:

  1. You have to fix your own mistakes, no one else will.
  2. You are not the center of attention.
  3. Do not be in a relationship to receive, always think of what you have to give.
  4. You will not find happiness in another person; you must first find happiness from within.
  5. Be happy with yourself.
  6. Love comes with sacrifice.
  7. Find peace.

In our changing world, though it may seem that it is harder to reach the younger generation – it requires a change and embrace in the trends. Maybe you don’t know how to talk to them as they stare at their phones, or scroll through media, or pick up new words you’ve never heard about before. That’s okay. The change is a progression. Progression we see; God provides progression for us to see the impact and provisions He will ultimately provide. Use those methods and opportunities – do not be afraid, for as

1 Corinthians 2:

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

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Yes. We may be His and to know of Him deeply in addition to sharing the Good News with those who may have not had the opportunity to know of Him – but we are not in this alone.

He is with us, every step of the way, He is not only our shadow but our heart. In Him, we receive salvation – and with that, we are also given peace, love, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. In Him, we know of unconditional love which entails sacrifice.

God, we give thanks because You continually provide. We give thanks because you provide when we need it most.

Thanks be to God for His grace, His mercy, His blessings, His strength. In Him we have salvation, given through grace and mercy; bounded by faith we are enough. For Him, we can do anything. Thanks be to God.

 

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need those steps to carry you forward

as one takes one foot and places it in front of the next, what is pushing her forwards? what holds her up as she falters in her breath and her choice? what is holding her upright as she looks down and sees unfamiliarity?

will you hold on even when the times become rough? will you be there even when no one else is. when no one extends their hand toward you because they would rather look the other way.

hear that laugh disappear so quickly you thought you missaw. see you and see him bind themselves into one. look up but down even faster so you do not trip when the unforeseen manifests itself as a chip on your shoulder.

let’s all go together. to the one who was, who is, and who will forever be.

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i will be fine. we always turn out fine.