Thursday, October 21, 2010


So me and Jenna made this video over the summer on project. I'm really liking the idea about forgiveness, I don't know about you though. 

Just some ways I've experienced God's forgiveness:
  • His pursuit for me when I kept pushing him away
  • His pursuit when I totally ignored Him
  • Him transforming me from who I was (Ezekiel 36:26)
  • His steadfast love every day when I decide to put something above Him
How I've been able to forgive others by experiencing His love:
  • lost bitterness towards people who have hurt me
  • allowed Jesus to work through me. meaning He is ultimately doing the forgiving.
  • allowed me to cancel a debt. I don't expect anyone to do something for me to repay me for what they have done.

Forgiveness is hard. I don't think it's something that happens over night. It's an action and it's a process. You put forgiveness into action when you say that you forgive someone. You make forgiveness a process when you continue to forgive someone each time you remember the hurt done against you. 

A lot of people may hope for a different past. Hoping for this doesn't get you anywhere. I've been there. Once you stop punishing the ones who have hurt you, you will begin the process of forgiveness. That's where the healing will begin.

God forgave me. Why wouldn't I forgive others?
       Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)

Today I'm thankful for:
- my mom
- fall leaves
- God's steadfast love

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Jenga Disaster

I feel like this video can illustrate my walk with God sometimes. Not such a good thing. I start going through my days in a routine. Without getting in the Word and without waking up and praying. My outside appearance to everyone around me is still the same and no one notices that I didn't start my day with God. Although I notice the changes I don't do anything about it and instead I just ignore that I am sinning against God. People can make comments about me and how I have everything together and how they wish they could have a relationship with God like I do. I start taking pride in having the appearance of this "having it all together Christian" even though I know it's far from the truth. God allows me to run from the truth and allows me to come back whenever I want. It'd be much easier if I would just surrender to Him every day. Instead I wait until something around me starts crashing down. I come to complete brokenness and I reach the point where I turn from the lies I was believing and I turn to God. 

I tell myself every time that I shouldn't wait until something around me is destroyed. Yet, I still wait for that to happen. One of these days I will learn that I can't control everything.

Today I'm thankful for:
-The season changes
-My project roommates and friends

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Everlasting Love

So I was just reading Jeremiah 31 for some reason and verse 3 really stood out to me. That's really no surprise though (:

"...I have loved you with an everlasting love;"

God is telling us what He really feels about us. His love is intimate and personal. He has always loved us and He always will. His love for us heals. His love gives us life. His love makes us grow. His love for us was there before we were born. His love for us was there before the world was made. It will never end.

God is the only one who has always loved us. There is no condition. He just loves us no matter what. His love for us is everlasting. It is beyond measure.

Sometimes I hear people say that God can't always love us because He lets bad things happen to us. God's love is a healing love. And God wants to heal us.

God never changes. "For I the Lord do not change;" (Malachi 3:6) God is totally dependable. He is love and that never changes.

"I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer." (Exodus 15:26)
"He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction." (Psalm 107:20)
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases" (Psalm 103:2-3)
"Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken." (Psalm 34:19-20)
"For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 30:17)
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." (Psalm 147:3)
God wants to heal us. He wants what is best for us. In some of the verses above it says "none" or "all". He is giving perfect health to His people. He is looking after them and He always will because He never changes.

Jesus wants to heal us. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
"...and he healed them all" (Matthew 12:15)
"When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick." (Matthew 14:14)
"...and the power of the Lord was present to heal them." (Luke 5:17)
"When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and healed those who needed healing." (Luke 9:11)
"...and healing every disease and every affliction among the people." (Matthew 4:23)
There are so many verses in the gospels where Jesus is healing people all over. Who would heal someone if they didn't love them or care about them? Who would even think about healing someone if they didn't love them? What makes someone want to heal another person? Possibly because they want the best for that person. What really makes them want the best for them? I'd say it's love. You couldn't possibly want the best for someone if you didn't love them. Maybe people struggle with believing the truth that God can heal them. Maybe they don't know of His healing power.

"For nothing will be impossible with God." (Luke 1:37)
"What is impossible for men is possible for God." (Luke 18:27)
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20)

God has the power to heal. He has the biggest desire to heal us. He sent His one and only Son to heal us. He would have never done that if He didn't love us with an everlasting, steadfast love.

What greater love is there than that of God's love for us?

It's non existent.