Faithful and True

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Do you realize that there is way more to this life than living, working, going home, doing the dishes, driving to and fro, errand running, grocery shopping, hanging out with friends, getting heartbroken, getting car insurance, watching tv, eating popcorn, going out to eat, piling up money, attaining career goals, and cutting the grass?

There’s just more. Immensely more.

Before I came to Christ, I honestly didn’t know why I was here. Everything was a big mystery with no solid answers, such as we evolved from apes and we have no meaning. I would honestly wonder why I’m even here. What’s the point? What’s the point of doing anything – like reaching goals, doing the dishes, and planting a garden, if we’re just going to die and cease to exist. There seemed to be no purpose behind anything. We’re just here, life formed out of nothing, with no ultimate purpose, and then we die, leaving it all behind, having no clue why we even existed.

But there are more answers than we think.

This feeling in our lives of no purpose or true meaning is a sad and dreadful place to be. I was there. Until God came into my life, then it all changed…and it changed more than I could have ever imagined. I received purpose. Meaning. Love. Salvation. Fullness. Security. And I received an inheritance of Heaven and God Himself.

There is no bliss greater than a soul lovingly in God’s tender hands.

We don’t have to put all our hope in this world, when there is a greater hope, a greater promise for the world to come. One that will never end. And one that is better than this.

His promises are real and secure. He is a faithful God who is true in all he does.

{2 Peter 1:4}
“For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.”

{Revelation 19:1}
“I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God;”

{Revelation 21:4-7}
“and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be My children.”

If you love God, just know that your life has more meaning than you could ever comprehend. You belong to the Creator, and you’re going somewhere beyond our wildest imaginations. We are free to let go of this world and chase after Him.

Be Grateful for Him

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Sometimes it can be hard to feel true, deep gratitude because this world is full of wrongs. It’s hard to see good when the bad is always acknowledged and highlighted. It’s hard to see the love when we see so much hate. But we have so much to be grateful for! There is so much goodness and love in this world that God has given us, and it’s a goodness that doesn’t come from us, but from Jesus. There is no goodness without Him. His goodness is what sustains every living being. His goodness is what gives us breath. Without the goodness of God, we would cease to exist.

Be grateful that despite this rocky world, we have been given life and breath and sight and love. That we are not alone or living for no reason or purpose, but that we have a God who made us, who loves us, and who offers a way to eternal life. In Jesus, you can have paradise forever, past this life. Your only hope does not have to be in this lifetime. You can look forward to something so much better! If you think there is beauty in this world, it doesn’t even slightly compare to the place that God has prepared for those who love Him. 

{1 Corinthians 2:9}
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered into the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who LOVE Him.”

As lovers of God, when we awaken in the morning and drink deeply the truth of why we’re here and where we are going, it fills our heart with pure and overflowing gratitude.

HE is so much to be grateful for!

God’s Creation in Snowflakes

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Glory and honour and praise to God forever and ever and ever and ever and ever! Snowflakes are some of my favourite things in God’s creation. They are glorious! Look at this. This is a real picture of a snowflake up close. When you view this snowflake, does this not look DESIGNED? It’s perfect, creative, mathematical. Design and unity do not form and flourish out of chaos. Design and unity, along with perfect mathematical measurements, comes from a Creator.

It’s interesting that in our physical world, we look at everything not found in nature as created. Building architecture, clothes, electronics, beautiful artwork (which many times replicate the beauty and creativity of the natural world), baked goods, and so much more. We accept that it was built, designed, made. But when we look at the beauty and perfection and majestic qualities of the natural world, (all these of which surpass man made created things immeasurably), we are quick to dispel it as random chance.

Big Bang, a chaotic explosion that occurred with absolutely no causation or purpose. And boom–designed, perfect, unified, mathematically perfect, harmonious, creative, mesmerizing beauty all around us. But many still don’t believe there is a Creator behind it.

This snowflake is one of which trillions exist in any given year, and not one has been found exactly like another. There has never been found a replica. Ever. And by these findings, we can rationally assert that there is an extremely low probability of two of the same snowflakes ever existing.

How incredible is that?? It is creativity and unlimited superiority beyond our mind’s ability to even fully absorb. We can’t fathom there being so many different designs and shapes of snowflakes, because we’re human and have limits. But there IS a God who has no limits.

His creativity is endless. The beauty He makes is endless.

Though snow falls and covers the ground, and snowflakes are here one moment and melted the next. Humans can’t even see them in its detail with the naked eye.

This enlightens us a little bit on why God creates: for His pleasure, His overflowing love, His enjoyment, His purposes, and for His glory.

And when we’re able to see these snowflakes up-close via microscope or macro photography, it is such a gift to our eyes. We are able to indulge in a beauty that almost always passes us by, unnoticed by the human, even though snow surrounds us much of the year.

These little flakes of snow are just so, so beautiful and breathtaking. And when we are gifted with pictures of these, we are able to feast on a drop of the beauty, glory, and splendour of God Himself.❄️

{Job 12:7-10}
But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?

I fall for You Every Single Day

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Everyday, when I open my eyes, I realize all over again how lucky I am to have you.
But it’s not luck, because it wasn’t by accident.
I was Yours before the foundation of the earth.
I was Yours before I knew I was Yours.
And being Yours, every morning as my eyes open, You take my breath away. 
You take my breath away as the first thought of You passes through my mind.
You take it away, only to give it back to me, so I can then give my breath back to You in sweet, overwhelming, fiery, intense love, worship, and adoration.
Let every part of my life be worship unto You.
Let my fragrance be a pleasing aroma to You and You alone.
Oh God, you are all I want.
You are all I will ever need.
Strip me of all I have and I will still want You.
I thirst for You. My soul longs for You. My whole being pants for You in excruciating bursts of love and joy as I wait for the day you come.
You are my treasure, you are my gold, you are my silver, you are my all in all. Nothing else even matters outside of you.
You are my love, my life, and I am so in love with You.
Every morning, it’s anew.
It’ll never fade because the depths of Your love will never end.
You’re perfect, breathtaking, and Your love sets me ablaze.
Like a fire that cannot be quenched.
Nor will ever be put out.
I love You more than I have ever loved anything before.
I’ll never love anything the way I love You.
Let me go deeper.

Everyday I fall madly in love with you all over again.

{Ephesians 1:4}
“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him in love.”

{Song of Songs 4:10-11}
“Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine, your perfume more fragrant than spices. Your lips are as sweet as nectar, my bride. Honey and milk are under your tongue.”

{Revelation 22:17}
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”

{Job 22:25-27}
“And make the Almighty your gold and [the Lord] your precious silver treasure, Then you will have delight in the Almighty, and you will lift up your face to God. You will make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you,”

{Song of Solomon 8:6}
“For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as the grave; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the LORD.”

{Psalms 42}
“So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God? Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me. The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.”

How He Loves us!

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There’s no way He will ever stop loving you…His bride, His precious one. There’s nothing you can do to ever make Him turn from you once you’re His. He paid the ultimate price to have you, and there’s no way He’ll let you go. It’s such pure bliss when I bask in this truth. That no matter what goes on in this life, I’ll have my God forever. Forever!!

One thing I never have to worry about is losing my King. I get Him every moment, awake and sleeping, good moments and bad moments, happy and sad, quiet and loud, angry and calm, triumphs and mistakes – I get Him through all of my life’s ups and downs, for the rest my life and throughout all eternity. Even through death, we’ll have Him forever. 

Oh, I wouldn’t change having Him as my Saviour for anything in the entire world. He’s so much better! He will love you forever, and He will never let you go. God is perfect, and because He is perfect, His love is perfect. His devotion is perfect. His promises are perfect. His commitment to you is absolutely perfect. Oh God! How I love you.❤️

{Ephesians 2:4-8}
But God–so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

In the Morning, I need Jesus

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Yes please!💛

There is no better way to start your day with the resurrected King, the living God Almighty. The One who was, the One who IS, and the One who is to come. Oh, how my heart calls out to Him when my eyes open, longing for his sweet presence and intimacy. He fills my cup, and my soul is satisfied. He is the bread of life, and I need to eat the Word of God and absorb it into my being before I can do anything else. I do not live by bread alone, but by every single word that comes out of the sweet mouth of God. 

There’s something extremely powerful about starting your day with Jesus. Just like food gives energy and sustains, you would never start going about your day without putting something in your stomach, lest you faint. Likewise (but so much more!), Jesus gives us everything we need to start our day – closeness with the living God and a satisfied soul, filled with His love and strength. It’s so imperative that lovers of Jesus spend deep solid time with Him! I don’t want to start my day with anything other than intimacy with God. I don’t want to see anyone before I talk to God and tell Him how much I love Him. I don’t want to get busy before I spend time basking in His light. If I neglect this, I neglect the very breadth in which I exist, and I will run on empty. I need His filling and His touch every single morning.

{Psalms 90:14}
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

When my eyes open, give me Jesus. 💛 He’s all I want.

God is my Home

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God is my home.

He’s who I run to no matter what is happening in my life.
I run to Him without fear, I run to Him knowing He loves me so deeply that it’s impossible for my mind to comprehend.
I run to Him as myself, naked before Him, approaching His throne, nothing held back.
I run to Him face down on the ground in desperate love and total adoration.
I run to Him knowing He delights in me, seeing me as His treasured possession.
I run to Him, without energy and feeling like a failure, ready to fall into His arms.
I run to Him during all my great moments and occasions, knowing He’s the one who gifts my life with His favour and everlasting sweet presence.
I run to Him with all of my flaws, knowing he accepts and loves me with no matter what.
I run to Him in tears, face drenched, eyes red, face flushed, needing the comfort of my One true love.
I run to Him, always crying for more of Him.
I run to his sweet sweet embrace, at all times, in all ways, in every circumstance, in every day.

He’s my home. His arms are my home. His presence wrapping around me is my home and my only home. Though my physical body may reside in various places on earth, HE IS MY HOME.

Oh how I long for Him.

God is my Warrior

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I can’t even begin to recall how many times in scripture that God calls us to have courage and to not be afraid. Hundreds of times. How beautiful is that? He’s so concerned with ensuring that if we’re His, we have absolutely nothing to ever worry about. God is sovereign and He works everything out for our good, for those who love Him. EVEN when we mess up and sin, and make mistakes, and fumble – time, and time, and time again. There is no better security or assurance than this! He wants us to trust Him as our warrior God, carrying us through this life on earth and fighting our battles as well as equipping us with His armour.

The battle belongs to the Lord our God. And He so delights when we fall to our knees, lift up our hands, and give all our cares and concerns and problems to Him. He adores a heart crying out to Him. He delights in taking care of us and sheltering us under His wing, as a mother hen covers her babies. We’re God’s babies, and we have nothing to fear, as long as we’re clinging to Him. He is in control and He is more powerful than even the most horrible circumstances or scariest situations. Even during these times and seasons, we have nothing to fear. The God of all that exists has us in the palm of His hand. We can never be snatched out of His hand, which means we have nothing to fear. If our God is for us, who can ever be against us??? Not demons, not any spiritual thing, no authority, no calamity, or hardship, or trying time, or pain, or even DEATH – not even death can separate us from God’s love and protection and sovereignty over our lives. His seal is over our heart, and our name is written on the palm of His hand. We’re His, forever. And He will protect us every day for the rest of our lives here on this earth.

What a glorious warrior King.💛

{Isaiah 49:16}
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

{exodus 14:14}
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

{The Song of Solomon 8:6-7}
Place me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.

{Romans 8:31-39}
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” ) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

{Ephesians 6:10-18}
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

{Matthew 23:37}
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.”

His heart is so sweet.💛

Anchor for our Souls

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Our soul is not scattered by the force of the waves that sometimes ingulf us; nor the strength of the winds that, at times, surround us; nor the burn of the intense heat of the sun on us; nor the numbness of the cold that can fill our bones. When we are God’s and belong to Him, our soul is anchored on the strongest and most steady and immovable thing that we can ever trust: God, our strong anchor. When waves crash and winds blow and heat burns and cold freezes, we will always find firm fitting in the steady Anchor of our soul.

He’s the one who will lift us out of the water that we drown in. He’s the one who holds us steady as the wind threatens to carry us away. He’s the one who shields us from burning, and the one who keeps us warm even during the coldest of seasons.

When you have God, you have everything. Though to the world you might be poor, because you have Him you are truly rich. You have the Anchor for your very own soul – the most valuable thing we possess. It’s good to trust God with our soul, there is no safer place. He is the One who made our souls, and He is the only One who has the power to guard it and keep it.

How do we make Him the Anchor of our souls?

Trust Him. Believe that He is who He says He is. Saturate yourself in His Holy Scriptures. Cry out to Him. Cast all of your burdens on Him. Worship Him. Praise His beautiful name. Bask in His presence. Be still before Him. Ask Him to be in every aspect of your life. Run to Him first, no matter the problem. Desire His will to be done in your life above your own will. Desire your desires to be His desires. Recognize your need for Him. Depend on Him more than anything else as the God who will care for you. Realize we’re here for Him and Him alone. Thank Him. Love Him with all of your heart, your soul, your mind, your strength.

Abide in Him, and He will abide in you. Turn to Him, and you will receive the Anchor for your soul. One who will hold you, sustain you, protect you, carry you, shield you, teach you, grow you, strengthen you, guide you, and love you more than anyone ever could.

{Hebrews 6:19}
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

I am God’s Artwork

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When I was a child, I always wondered about the human body and the way it’s made. In my eyes, even as a little one, I acknowledged that our human bodies are perfect in form and structure. I would contemplate and analyze different alternatives: eyes near the chin and mouth on the forehead? Feet at the end of our arms instead of hands? A mouth on our neck? Ears on our cheeks? Legs flailing around at the side of our hips? I would sit there and examine this as an 8 year old child. It happened often. It was my mind wondering if this human body of ours really is random evolution from a chaotic boom, or was this designed? Is this body of ours, in all of its complexities, the way it is on purpose? With creativity? Intelligence? Wisdom? Care? Are our bodies perfect just the way they are made? 

Everytime I would meditate and ponder this in my mind, the answer was always, always, always a resounding and overwhelming YES. Overwhelmingly. No other way works. No other form works, nor structure. Our bodies are designed in perfect function, way, form and beauty just the way God made it.

As you look into the science of how every single little part of our bodies function, such as toes or eyelashes or little parts holding us together on the inside, it’s evident that we were created by a Maker and we’re made so well and beautifully!

We were made in His image, and He created us with pleasure, purpose, creativity, supreme intelligence, and love. We are made with great reverence, heartfelt interest, and respect. We are wonderfully made. And oh, it is good. Just like He says it is.

We are living art created by the hand of the living God. 💕

{Psalm 139:14}
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

{Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭26,27,31‬}
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!”