His presence comforts me, always. I have no need to fear, for He is with me.
In lieu of writing a lengthy thought-provoking post on Easter, I’ve decided to leave you with a still thought-provoking, yet shorter, post. I pray this leaves you with something to glean or ponder!
Jesus’ crucifixion, his horrible death, and his unmerited sacrifice were all definitively tangible. He bore the torture and went through the agony of human cruelty and human sin; lashes, thorns, nails, asphyxiation, and crucifixion. Yet, on the third day, He rose. God has conquered death, and He has conquered all. His miserable suffering won us life, and death no longer holds a sting. Rejoice and live jubilantly today, as a reminder for all days, to sing praises and worship to the undeserved indescribable Savior who has gifted us salvation.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
I will leave you with the words of Phillips Brooks:
“Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, “Christ is risen,” but “I shall rise.”
His blood price bought our lives, that we might live. And today, He rose. And in the future, He shall rise again, and because of the sacrifice, we shall rise with Him.
Immeasurably blessed and humbled–
As a teenage girl, I too struggle with my fair share of insecurities. I’m not particularly well-liked or outgoing, and I can’t help but long for the easy friendships some people seem to so quickly attain. When I see someone ‘better’ than me, it’s difficult to not be envious. In fact, sometimes I let doubts about these little petty things get the best of me.
It’s hard to overcome these feelings of inferiority. Heck, for me, they’re a regular struggle. However, knowing that God made me the way I am uniquely is a wonderful place to start. Yes, it will always seem like other people are better than me, more likable, and have more friends. Yes, those things are all true. Still, it all winds down to the sole question: does it really matter? Don’t fret over those feelings of inferiority, instead, push them aside.
At this current moment, to my teenage self, yes, it really does matter. Nevertheless, looking ahead a couple years, will negatively looking at myself now be of any use? Will I even care? He knows what is in store for us, and perhaps it is better now that you aren’t as good friends with that girl or boy. Who even knows? God does, and it’s in our best interest to trust His judgement. It’s also important to realize that inferiority is merely a feeling. A feeling, also known as: not a fact, evident sign, or anything else.
Consider this, God made each and every person uniquely in his own image.
You and I both are wonderful people, and the feelings of inferiority that come from those more distant friendships, and all sorts of other things, should fade. Jesus is the true relationship that should be invested in, as a father, relative, King, and friend. Other people are created for us to have relationships with, but ultimately He is all we need.
“God loves me with a love that is increasing and overflowing.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
His Scripture and promises are ever comforts. We don’t need to rely on other humans all the time, because they will let us down. God will continually build us up and help us through the trials we must face.
So, to sum things up, keep on pushing. These feelings of inferiority are worthless. God loves you, and He lets your life play out according to His will. Yes, you won’t be friends with everybody. Yes, not everybody will like you, and yes, facing all these facts will not be easy. Fix your eyes on Jesus, and strive towards what lies ahead. Jesus is superior, and He has made us superior as well. Keep on living dear. Take each step and each day at a time.
God will bless you with particular friends and people in your lives for a reason. Don’t forget that. Treasure your existing friendships, and don’t be afraid to try to make new ones. Yeah, the people might not like you, but if they don’t think you’re worth their time, are they really worth yours? Don’t beat yourself up if someone is closer friends with someone else, etc. God must’ve willed it to be that way.
You are not inferior.
Stay strong in the Lord. He is more reliable than any friend you may meet, whether they love and understand you, or not. x
Today I bring to you something that is on my heart. This is not a post solely because I’ve been neglecting Scripture Sunday, but lately I’ve been feeling increasingly dissatisfied with, to put it simply, life and all the events that have been occurring.
Yes, there are moments that I am filled with God’s joy, especially when I am in the company of loved ones. However, my devotion tonight brought to light several convictions of mine.
I will say it straightforward and bluntly:
I have been seeking satisfaction in worldly things. A more temporal viewpoint has replaced what should be striving to grow and gain from Jesus.
Material possessions, and more recently, positions, have been clouding my mind and hogging my focus. That new MacBook that I want to buy so badly, and the question of if I have a job or not have plagued me with anxiety and such dissatisfaction these past days.
I’ve been finding myself not spending time doing devotions, but instead wasting my time on things that are meaningless in comparison.
I am 100% guilty of spending more time on mobile devices than in God’s word by far.
The one blessing I’ve especially felt in this past week is Christian music. I am still immersed in Tenth Avenue North’s new album, and listening and worshipping to Christian music has been a positive and uplifting experience.
Still, I find myself painfully regretful of how I’ve lost my focus. In retrospect, this has been a trial and learning experience. This is said completely and honestly from experience: pursuing anything other than Jesus is unsatisfied.
Becoming obsessed with myself and worldy materials and events concerning me for the longest time has resulted in thorough unsatisfaction.
Looking back in particular, this past week, my eyes have been opened to so much I have mistakenly done.
Seeking satisfaction anywhere other than Jesus leads me to unhappiness and a permanent state of misery/dreariness.
Although mistakes have been made, God will work in me to help me to correct them.
Through my weakness, He is strong.
Today in church we broke into small groups and discussed different topics. My group’s topic was living beyond our emotions.
I feel as if this topic was given specifically to me for this current realization:
His grace is sufficient for me, and through my weakness He will help me to do better things.
The verse I just read in my devotions tonight goes like this:
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)
I am blessed to have had this eye-opening reflection of this past week, and helpful realizations and scripture today to realize it.
It is with a cleaner conscience, a sense of peace, and a little more swing on my step that I press forward into the new week with God in me.
The Lord is the true source of satisfaction.
It is in Him that we will find hope, love, grace, mercy, and peace. I am praying that I will go about living and learning with a more heavenly perspective constantly in heart. Confessing my convictions is the first step to correctly prioritizing my life, and I hope to be held accountable to fully rearranging how I live.
I will stumble, and it won’t be easy. However, His grace and strength will give me strength.
Hallelujah, He works wonders.
1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea;
2 hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
Lately I’ve gotten back into the wonderful routine of doing daily devotions. This I had slacked off on, and I can already see the improvement just on my outlook in life everyday now that I’ve taken them up again.
Just simply reading a small Bible verse or two everyday changes your attitude. You read the “expectations” (or what is desired, but not required) the Father has for you, and you strive your best to meet them.
Luke 11:28 is a verse that I stumbled across on tumblr, and I even more recently found it to be true. When I follow God’s Word in my actions everyday, then I am blessed. I am not given anything out of the ordinary from God, but I can revel in His happiness and my happiness alike.
His Word impacts us more than we could ever imagine.
Praying for a lovely week,
Since I have missed Sunday to write a Scripture Sunday post again, I’ve decided to use a verse as my quote of the week thus killing two birds with one stone.
A verse one of my friends pinned on Pinterest caught me eye, and I’d like to share it with you.
Romans 9:25b says
I love this. Whenever you feel unloved, please soak up the words of this verse. He calls us, unloved or “loved” alike, and makes us HIS beloved.
Never feel that you’re insufficient because He loves you, and He will never not love you.
We all are spoken for, because God’s love is what speaks for us.
Here’s a video that my sister sent me the other day, and it’s so very true. For all the girls out there, believe that you are loved. This video is for you.
As for all you guys, the same thing goes for you.
Striving to put my hope in Him,
Is this a new weekly themed post? Perhaps. Do you want it to be? I’ll try to post Scripture that I’ve stumbled across that impacts or encourages me at least every other week.
God’s Word is an amazing tool He has given us to help us along in our exploration and journey of faith. I hope to use the wisdom and words in the Bible in my everyday life.
It is a personal goal of mine to read the whole Bible someday.
To kickstart this “Scripture Sunday” here is an awesome verse I stumbled across a few days ago.
It continually amazes me how Jesus
died for me to have a chance to live in the light. He is that light and has given me a pathway out of the darkness.