Sunday, February 16, 2014

My Hope and Refuge, the One in whom I trust.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

((Reflecting on this on this winter day after going home for the funeral of my friend who recently passed))

Saturday, February 15, 2014

On being grateful and 2014.

It's been awhile, hasn't it?
Does anyone else feel like this year took them by surprise?

I know I've sure felt like that lately.

January just flew past me and then I realized just the other day that it's 2014.

Okay, not literally, but you know what I mean...

When you look up one day and realize, shoot it's today! I feel like i'm in elementary school all over again...

Anybody feel me?

Anyway, all that to say that this year has been really hard already. Lots of unexpected and unfortunate events have taken place in my life lately and lots of challenges have come up as a result.

And I know that God is faithful and in fact, I am being reminded of that every day.

For example, Did you know that God is closer to you than every breath you take? I know, i know, that's weird. Or at least when I first heard that I thought it was weird, but it's also super cool because that means that he's never too far away from you so as to not understand what you're going through.

But instead, he gets it.

He knows what you're feeling and the things that hurt you and he hurts along with you and well, in times like the one I find myself in, I am really thankful for that

Anyhow, God has also been speaking to me about loving others and reminding them of their value lately so i'd like to encourage you with this:

Don't wait to recognize and encourage the good you see in others. We have the power to use our words for empowerment and good or for destruction and bad.

Let's choose good and lift up those around us that we love today.

After all, we never know what the day holds.

That may sound really morbid but a friend of mine passed away just recently and this makes two friends of mine to pass away in just the last two years and aside from that really sucking, it's also really got me thinking.

Why is it so easy to talk about the good things after someone's gone?

Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's wrong to do that, I just wish though that I had also chosen to point out the good in said friends of mine before they were gone rather than be so quick to think about those things now that they're gone.

Because when they're gone, well... they're gone.

And we can only hope they're in a better place but we just don't know, do we?

Anyway, i'm gonna stop before this gets even more morbid but just think about it.

How are you pointing out the good in those you love today? Right now?

Remember, what we do in love will last, all the rest will just fall away.

Grace and peace,