Wednesday, July 31, 2013

So Loved the World...

John 3:16 says, "For God SO LOVED the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him, shall not perish but have everlasting life."

This is one of the very first verses that I memorized as a child. I can even remember being about 6-7 at a neighborhood vacation bible school and practicing reciting that verse everyday until I had it memorized at the end of the week. I'm sure there was some extra motivation involved, probably promise of candy or something. But through the years, I've heard the verse, time and time again, shared it, heard messages on it, and after a while it almost become so familiar, it starts to lose a little bit of its meaning. Or maybe I never fully understood the verse to begin with...until now.

They say your life changes once you have children, and I can agree with that with a loud "Amen!". My life has changed in so many ways for the better in the last year. Sure, there are the "cons" to having children, your body is never the same, you are sleep deprived and your "shoe fund" is now a "diaper fund". But it's completely 100% worth it. Being a mother has been an absolute pure joy, it has been more rewarding and better than any job I have ever or will ever have. It has also changed the way I view God and my relationship with him.

When you are a child, or young adult, you tend to view Jesus as like a brother or friend and God as, God the Father and I think that's natural. We hear the verse John 3:16 and view it from the perspective of a child whose father takes care of them. And if we have (hopefully) grown up in loving homes, we perceive that as a natural inclination. We know our parents love us and would do anything for us.

However, once I had my daughter, my perspective of John 3:16 changed. I still understand the verse from a perspective of a child, as I am still one. But now, my eyes were opened to the verse from a perspective of a parent. The true meaning of the sacrifice that God made by giving his ONE and ONLY son for the whole world! All of humanity! And we all know there have been some great people in this world, and some not so great. Either way, we are all sinners. Not one person can say, I've never lied, or done at least one bad thing in our lives. So we are all separated from our Holy God from sin. This is a fact.

But could you even imagine giving up your own child for the sake of all humanity? (or perhaps your favorite person, if you don't have kids) I can't, no way! Because let's face it, most people don't deserve it, or even want it! I don't deserve it. I am an unworthy wretch! But God SO LOVED the world that he DID! The thought of that just makes me want to fall to my knees and cry, thank him and hug my baby all at the same time.  In a way it puts in perspective for me how much God truly loves us. It's so much more than I can imagine. He was willing to give up what was most precious to him, so that we may have eternal life. All we have to do is believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord. He died and rose from the dead and now is seated at the right hand of God. We don't have to try and work our way into heaven. Let's be honest if that was the case, not one person would be in Heaven. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father, expect through him. (John 14:6).

So I thank you, Father, for doing what we cannot do, for your precious sacrifice of your son. I can't even imagine how hard that must have been, especially knowing that people would reject your gift, mock you and sin against you time and time again. I thank you that you show us what love truly means; that you loved us, and even while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A blog by any other name...

A Foreword:

I've been pretty bad when it comes to blogging lately, mostly due to the fact summer is just super busy. Also, because my little one has discovered how fascinating my computer is, and loves to bang on the keyboard and rip the laptop out of my hands.

So needless to say I don't have many opportunities to get on my computer like I used to when all she could do was roll around! Ha ha!

Also, I've been doing a lot of "soul searching" as you could call it and the direction I want to take my blog. To be perfectly honest (and no offense to other bloggers out there reading this- I swear!) I feel that the blogging world is overwhelmed with DIY's, Birch Box reviews and Style tips. And while that's GREAT, I read them myself and like posting those topics too (mostly DIY's) I've been feeling lead to step back from that direction for a time and post about what I am truly passionate about and what my heart longs to share, and that is my love for Jesus.

So my posts from time to time, will be more personal about what I'm learning and experiencing in my journey of life. I hope you enjoy and I hope you read!


That being said.... I wanted to segue into some truths I have been reading and learning about lately, and that is God's Promises.

There are some things in my life that I have been praying about for a long time, at least from my perspective it's been a long time when it's been well over a year! And during that time I have had moments where I struggle to remember God's Promise's for our lives.

A promise is a declaration of what someone will do, and God gives us his promises so that we may walk by faith while we wait for him to work. The reality is that sometimes that can be hard. We have our weak moments where we feel that God isn't hearing our prayers or maybe the way we expect them to be answered isn't the way God has planned. Or, perhaps it hasn't happened in "our" timeline.

When we have those moments of doubt, it's important to remember God's character and who He is. God's promises are great because HE is the one that promises them. He never fails. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

"I am the Lord, God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?" Jeremiah 32:27.
The answer is no, of course!

Sometimes in life we tend to look at obstacles or problems we face and become overwhelmed with how big they are. We think there's no way this problem can be solved. But we can't compare ourselves to the how big the problem is, but we need to compare the situation to God. God is bigger than any situation we have. Nothing is too hard for him.

So when life throws us for a loops, we grab hold of His words, His truths and we know that God can conquer anything. We build our faith and our trust in Him while we wait.

Below are some of His truths and promises that I have held onto during this time in my life. I pray they will encourage you, as they have encouraged me.

"I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

"They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

"For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6