"When God created the universe, He had no resources to make it. So, he created them (the resources)" -Dad
When I heard him say this, I said to him, "Out of all the quotes I've ever heard and read, this one is my favorite". And it's true. I thought it was gold. I just love how true and powerful and transparent to God's representation it is.
Right now, I've been going through several tribulations. One of them is financing school. I have very few resources to go to school, and it's a bit hard for me to attend school right now, even though I want to earn my Biology degree. And I spoke to my dad about this. And I thought of a story to write. About His successes. I think, oftentimes, when we accomplish something, we think it's us that's accomplished them, but it's not. It's God's accomplishments. In a sense, I guess you could say He vicariously lives through us. We often say, "Oh, we accomplished this". And we could say, "We accomplished this [through His grace]". I've said this before but it didn't really hit me until today that it is actually God's accomplishment. Not mine. Ever. In nothing. Yes, it looks like I've succeeded but I haven't. He has. Through me. And I just thought about how God is victorious. And that's why I want to write a story about His successes, because it shocked me to see that He is always victorious. I knew that already, but it hit me for sure today. It was mind blowing.
"Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place." -2 Corinthians 2:14
There are more quotes about this subject but I thought this was the one that captured what I just wrote about. If you're interested in reading more, check this out: http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Victory-in-Christ/
I was listening to the song "Remedy" by Rachael Lampa a few minutes ago. I looove that song because it perfectly describes our lives in Christ. A lot of us have been hurt and are probably going to be hurt, but as I listened to the song, I realized that there is no reason to fear pain [of any kind] because Jesus Christ wiped it all. Yes, it's going to hurt but it doesn't have to move us ("I Will Not Be Moved" by Natalie Grant), because we have Him, who saved us.
So yesterday I was trying to make sense of something and it didn't really hit me until today when I had a dream right before I woke up. It was someone handing out jeans for free to anyone they saw on the street. It doesn't make much sense but it made a lot of sense to me because of the thought I had last night. I thought about how in the movie "Titanic" they were handing out the life jackets, for free. And I thought about the juxtaposition of that and salvation. A lot of people who are new to Christ often ask about salvation. They often ask whether it's really for free. And it is. There's no payment for it, no contract, nothing to exchange [financially and physically]. The only thing is giving your heart to Christ. And that's the same thing they did in "Tatnic". All you had to do was extend your hand out so they gave you a life jacket. It's the same with God. You give your heart to Him, and salvation is there.
So how does this relate to what I mentioned above? Well, hurt is going to be present [in this world], but the peace of God and His love is going to be there as well. All you have to do is give your heart to Him, and soon you'll find peace in your life through all tribulation. I promise.
"But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin..." which caused pain "...and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ." -Romans 5:15
"Always be joyful. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." -1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18. We should be joyful because He's always with us.
Often when we think of intelligence, we think of someone being really smart, knowing everything, getting straight A's in school. This thought came to me when I was at an event at a school and they called one girl up. She's really smart, plays the piano, and is one of the members of an Honor Society.
Often we compare ourselves to others, wondering if we're as smart as the next person, or can we even achieve what that person has achieved? Every time I feel disappointed in myself when something doesn't go my way in school, I talk to my dad about it. One of the things he says is, "God has given this certain ability to this certain person. But some have to work harder than others. It doesn't mean you're not smart enough, it just means that you have to put a lot more effort". See, the thing is, when you truly put effort into something, at the end you feel like it was worth it. It has great value to you.
Point is, God has told us intelligence is "knowledge of the Holy One" (Proverbs 9:10). That's what true intelligence is.
"For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." -Proverbs 2:6
I've been taking a science class recently. It's almost done (*happy dance!!!*), and I've been very tired. Anyway, I was coming home from school today when I realized just how tired I truly feel, and the fact that no amount of rest is actually making it better. Anyway, for a long time, I'd always been afraid of Jesus' Second Return. I guess for a moment I forgot what is really waiting for me on the other side. I was focusing on something else "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Luke 12:34). But today, as I was coming home, I smiled at the thought of the eternal peace and rest waiting for me in Heaven. So I say, any who are suffering, search for Him, and you WILL find peaceful rest.
Today, in fact, 20 minutes ago, I watched SlowFade--a movie sure to touch your soul and your Spirit. Truly incredible. It left me wondering about my life and how God works and how He chooses each and everyone of us for His purpose--how He chooses us is a mystery but a truly wondrous one. Definitely recommend it.
'For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,'declares the Lord." -Isaiah 55:8
This morning I woke up feeling a little run down, perhaps from a coming-on cold. Anyway, it's a pretty windy day. It's a little warmer than it's been but it's pretty windy. Not too long ago, I took my dog out for a walk and something mesmerizing occurred. I walked out of the house and fortunately, the wind was blowing the opposite way (so away from me). Anyway, I continued walking and then turned around, supposedly the way the wind was blowing. But then, surprisingly, the wind started blowing the opposite way. I moved through all four cardinal points and the wind always kept blowing away from me. And then I realized, the Lord actually made the wind blow away from me. That's how loving and caring he is. Everywhere I turned, he kept blowing the wind away from me! I was stunned. And then I looked up at the beautifully stunning, bright sun and thanked Him. How thoughtful was that? So sweet and loving and caring, taking care of his sickchild.
"Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast" -Psalm 36:5-6
"If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future." -Blaise Pascal
About a week ago I read this quote and didn't really pay much attention to it. Today, however, as I was doing something, I started thinking of the future and then I remembered this quote. In reality, how many times do we spend thinking about the present? It truly blew my mind. I used to be nervous about the future because you just didn't know what was coming, and that was frightening. But now, as I think about (my plans or what I want to accomplish), I think to myself about how I may not accomplish them since I don't know what is coming. And I thought, 'Isn't a lot of the source of unhappiness thinking about the future or of the past and how it affects the future, and not focusing on the present and being happy with what you have?'?
I make the commitment to myself to think about the present and not worry so much about the future but be happy with currently feeling [happiness] and life. And I challenge you out there, think about your life (even if some things aren't right), and thank God for your life and the chance you have to live today for "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." -Psalm 118:24.
Because truthfully, if you just look at creation God has made, you should feel ecstatic for seeing all the beauty out there.
When I first started this blog, I told myself I would write everyday, and God put in me what this blog should be about. However, even though God has changed my life and done amazing things in it, I don't always remember when I'm on the spot. And so even though I would like to write everyday, it's not exactly a piece of cake.
Hopefully I'll post something tomorrow about this because it's something extremely important.
As I watch the end of Titanic right now, a couple of things flooded my mind, but as I was thinking of a title for the post, something even more important came to my mind--and perhaps God put it in my head to share with everyone so that they know they have Life!
In Titanic, Rose has a choice. She has the opportunity to choose whether she gets on a lifeboat and leaves Jack behind, but have 99% security that she will live [and I say 99% because this world is not perfect but the world I want to talk about is], or not getting on the boat and risking her life. Likewise, our life is the same way. Everyday we are faced with choices, but the most important choice that determines our life in the present, future, and ETERNITY is a choice we rarely ever think about, yet the most important one, as I mentioned before. That choice is Jesus Christ. He is the One that can save us, the One that can give us LIFE and save us from DEATH. So what choice do you make? *SPOILER* Take a lifeboat or stay on the boat while it sinks and possibly die?
Like I mentioned above, as I watched the movie, talking about this is not what I had in mind, What I had in mind were other issues, socially, mostly, but when I titled this post, the Lord told me: You need to write about THIS, and so here it is.
I hope this helps anyone out there who is suffering, confused, or feel like everything is Lost. I tell you, from personal experience, HOPE is NOT Lost. It's just hidden in the fog. You just have to find the Light at the end of the tunnel. Keep going. Keep running. Don't give up. It's there. Like that old saying, there is a treasure at the end of the rainbow, and this treasure is bigger than what you can imagine. If you want to know more, you can contact me here, a friend, or a pastor at your local church [even if you've never been there, they'll welcome you with open arms. Remember: every time a soul turns to God, the angels and Him rejoice in heaven :) ].
Again, to prove how the Lord works, here are quotes I wasn't planning on using: