Clinging to God

I would like to take a special moment to more thoroughly elaborate on something I mentioned in my last post.

Clinging.

Clinging to God. 

I have been deeply meditating on this truth lately, and the beauty that lies behind it. I had previously mentioned that God wants us to cling to Him, in this close, ongoing, intimate, everlasting relationship.

My mind started to toy with the wonder of what clinging actually looks like. What clinging actually means. What the definition of clinging, unaltered with my own ideas, consists of. God says in His word over and over and over again for us human beings to cling to Him. I’ve always received so much deep joy and have actually cried over this because I find it to be so tender, intimate, and sweet, as well as it displays His desires in His relationship with us. God reveals Himself through the scriptures, and when we see Him long for us to cling to Him, it displays who he is and what he wants.

I remember the time I first came across God telling His people to cling to Him, it somewhere in the Old Testament. I remember the feeling of being so captivated and awe-struck by this valuable truth, as I was only a couple months deep into my relationship with Him and was just learning who He is, and what He is like. When I came across it, I would be lying if I said that tears did not well up in my eyes and poured onto the pages. This is my God, whom I love so desperately, and I’m seeing that He loves me desperately too. Enough for Him to desire for me to cling to Him.

So, what does clinging mean, and what does clinging actually look like?

 

So basically…in a nutshell.;)

When I typed ‘clinging’ to google images, koala bears clinging to trees came up.

And I thought, how perfect.

We’re made to hold onto Him.

In curiosity, I looked up the definition, and reading it, I felt my heart become full and flooded with his love, as I took a deep breath in. Everything within me wanted to shout in love for Him and melt at the same time.

The definition?

Clinging: fitting closely to the body and showing its shape; hold on tightly to; adhere or stick firmly or closely to; be hard to part or remove from; remain very close to; remain persistently or stubbornly faithful to something; dependent on someone emotionally. Synonyms: hold on to, clutch, grip, clasp, grasp, attach oneself to, hang on to; embrace, hug; stick, adhere, hold, cohere, bond, bind; hold to, stick to, stand by, abide by, cherish,  remain true to, have faith in.<3

Upon reading this, everything within me exhaled YES!

Really. This is exactly how we’re to cling to God. With all our strength, soul, heart, and might. He wants us to cling to Him, because He’s our protection. He’s our Daddy. He gives us life. He’s our steadiness. He is our safety. He’s our love. Koala bears on trees are physically what it looks like to spiritually cling to our Maker. He wants us to be this way with Him. He desires this type of close, intertwined, mended, molded together relationship. He’s in us, we’re in Him.

 

Jesus’ words,

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
 John 10:28

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. John 17: 21-23

Aaaand, errrrrr –let’s face it– clinging to God is pretty much the only thing we can cling to that’s actually good for us. I mean, really, really good for us.  It’s what we were designed for. To hold on to the One who made us and knows how many hairs we have on our head. The One who knows all our thoughts, needs, desires, wants, and yearns to fulfill them in us with Himself. The One who knows our worries, fears, struggles, hardships, downfalls, flaws, hurts, and tears, and yearns to wipe all our tears away, make our fears disappear, and heal and protect our hearts. He yearns for us to cling to Him. He sees and captures every tear that falls down our cheeks. He doesn’t let one tear fall without collecting it, and without knowing every single reason behind those tears. He hurts when we hurt, and he so desires to make every wrong right in our lives. He will, if you let Him.

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8

The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; Isaiah 25:8

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Revelation 21:14

He is deeply concerned with every single tear that falls down our face! He’s tender and soft with us.

 

When we give Him our hearts, we belong to Him forever. We become supernaturally sealed with His Holy Spirit. Nothing can reverse it. In that moment, he commits Himself to closeness with you, and devotes Himself in love to you. And God would never go back on His promises. He’s perfect. He holds us, and we cling to Him, and nothing and nobody could ever take us away from Him. He’s ours, for eternity. And we’re His, forever.

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. Romans 8:38-39

For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. Psalm 48:14

Oh, the deep joy and satisfaction of clinging on to our beautiful God for dear life. Because he is life. There is absolutely nothing better than this kind of relationship with Him. Nothing better.

That said, here’s a nice cup of hot chocolate I made from scratch. It turned out so yummy and filled me with warmth.

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I warmed almond milk (measure in your cup first so you know how much to use!) in a pot, added a heaping tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa, and coconut sugar (sweetness desired to your liking) you can also use honey. I let it bubble up around the edges of the pot, whisked it well, and poured the steamy drink into my cup to enjoy a warm treat on a very cold night.

Beautiful Decadence

A spark of passion has been igniting within me to bake beautiful desserts. The idea of turning a beautifully presented, hand-crafted, made-with-love dessert and put together with essentially a few random ingredients (eggs, flour, butter, sugar, etc) is just amazing. How wonderful!

I love seeing the finished product, and love even more giving these baked goods as gifts to people. They’re so much more personal than something purchased. A handmade desert took time, effort, creativity, patience, and tons of thought. And not only that, but umm…hello deliciousness! So I’ve taken the opportunity lately to bake yummy, beautiful treats for occasions that have come up. And I can honestly say, it’s been such a joy. Even slowly and patiently and intently frosting a cake brings up a glimmer in my eyes.

Yeah, I could have slammered all of the icing on and it would have tasted the same. But theres something about the creativity involved and close precise effort to making it look pretty and well presented that just gives this world a little bit more beauty. I’m realizing good things take work. Effort shows love, and love lights people  up! I know this first hand from the couple very beautiful desserts I’ve made so far. It excites me, and I love seeing people’s thrilled faces when they receive it. That “wow! look what i am about to eat!” face.

I’ve always been into this, but was too impatient that I never gave it any real effort. Well, one of the fruits of the Spirit is patience, and I definitely see this fruit at work in my life and in my being since giving my life to Christ and receiving His life in my heart. And because of that, fruits such as patience now exudes out from me, even in something as seemingly insignificant as baking a cake.

But it’s really not insignificant.

Because Jesus knows that it’s an act of love, and it is something that strengthens my caring of others, my patience in making complex and beautiful desserts, building my time management (i.e. minimizing procrastination and thinking ahead – something that’s always been a struggle) and making things beautiful with God’s creation, thus bringing Him ultimate glory. In showing love and taking time to make others feel special, I’m showing the glory of God and I’m radiating His Spirit who lives inside of me.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:23-24

It’s a misconception to think that only the ‘big things’ matter to God. On the contrary, the small things matter to Him just as much. All those little things you do because of your love for Him. He notices, and it delights Him. He feels, and He is humble. He puts himself in a position to be moved by us humans. What a beautiful God! 

For the LORD takes delight in his people; Psalm 149:4a

The LORD takes delight in his faithful followers, and in those who wait for his loyal love.Psalm 147:11

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

As you can see, there’s a great deal of delight going on between God and those who belong to Him! Delight beyond anything this world has to offer. Delight beyond the physical, delight beyond the temporal, delight beyond the circumstances. Delight with no conditions, delight with no fear.

Pure delight in our Saviour, as He delights in those He created and who are His. There’s nothing more beautiful than this. Nothing more precious. Nothing more sacred. Nothing more treasured.

Making gorgeous desserts is essentially a shadow spilling out of me of how I feel about God, and how God makes me feel. He’s beautiful. Beyond beautiful. And, I’m in love with Him, He’s in love with me (more than I can even fully grasp because His love is so beyond me) and His love endures forever and ever and ever. Literally, His love never ends. Oh, when I think of these things this warmth joy radiates out of me that is completely indescribable! So, because of this love and beauty I experience with my loving Maker, I naturally want to make beautiful things that flow out of my mind and heart.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

If I could put an emoticon on this post, it would be heart eyes.

Instead, I’ll show you the cake I made! This was for my Uncle’s birthday, and I jumped right up at the opportunity to bake a cake for him.

Homemade yellow cake from scratch, with a rich and sweet buttercream frosting, also from scratch. Delicious.

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Since it’s December, I wanted to make something not only for a guy (blue) but also something that exudes the essence of the winter season. Ice blue, white border, and silver sprinkles.

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Frosting a cake with that perfectly smooth finish is hard and takes patience! But it’s fun, and you are really able to step back and enjoy the end product. I love cake decorating, and I can’t wait to make more cakes and build on this skill, as well as apply my creativity!

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So there you have it! What a joy to make. Even more of a joy to present it to my uncle.

If you would like the recipe for the cake and/or buttercream frosting, I would be more than happy to share in the comments!

xo

Beauty Around Me

Knowing God has made me look at food totally different. I mean, really, totally different. Where I once saw everything around me without purpose or meaning, I now gaze my eyes up to the Creator of the universe. The One who made this earth and the stars and the sky. The One who so carefully and respectfully hand-knit us human beings together, each with our own special DNA, physical appearance, personality, voice, eyes and hands! The One who made all the majestic creatures such as wolves, tigers, lions, eagles and owls. The One who covered this earth with His love, pouring beauty over it – beauty that is a representation of His character, His unseen qualities, His creativity, His love.

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:20, NLT

Isn’t that beautiful? And what eternal power and divine nature it is! He’s the One who created the tiniest, most unseen creatures at the bottom of the ocean and also manifests His power through wind, rain, and tornadoes. There aren’t enough words to describe the magnitude, beauty, creativity, and awe of His creation.

Like I said, entering into a meaningful, loving, and personal relationship with God has changed my life. The way I see everything around me has lit up and magnified. In the past, nothing made sense; everything was without purpose, without wonder. Now that I know and experience this amazing, perfect God with a love so intense I feel like I could explode sometimes, I see everything around me as finely crafted beauty.

And that’s just what it is – it’s finely, divinely, creatively crafted beauty, that, if you look closely, shows you who God is and displays His character.

He makes life delicious in many ways. He makes life delicious in every way.

Okay, He’s just decadently delicious Himself. Can I get an Amen?

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:8, NLT

Once you get a personal, intimate, real taste of Jesus Christ, it changes your entire world. You are never the same again. Because you realize that there is a God who created you, who made you, who wants you, who thought of every detail about you before you were even conceived – a God who loves you more than what is evenly humanly comprehendible. And when you come to realize this and taste who God is, your whole world turns from grey matter into vibrant colour. From nothing into something. From meaningless into purpose. From dead to alive. Everything around you turns into this utopia of beauty as you get deeper and deeper into an intimate relationship with the One who created you. With the only One who can satisfy your heart because He’s the only One who made it.

He holds you, He protects you, He satisfies you like nothing else can.

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Psalm 91:4

And literally, there is nothing better. Nothing under the sun can compare to fully experiencing the love of the One who created it.

We all want to be independent human beings who are in charge of our own lives. The thought of God scares some because the thought of God means losing control, and we as human beings really do not like that thought. We like to be in control. I get that, I was like that. Right up until Jesus Christ entered my heart, all my concerns were focused on things like that. And you know why? Because up until the time I received God into my heart, I didn’t know God. I really had no clue what I was in for, or what I was about to experience. But through an act of faith, I reached out. Once He entered my heart and I tasted exactly who He is, I fell madly, passionately, desperately in love with Him. It wasn’t until I experienced Him, until He revealed Himself to me on an intimate level, that my whole entire old world melted away into nothing. Like a black and white drawing being smeared away by rain drops was my old world. He gave me a new world. One with a love so intense I don’t know what to do with myself sometimes! Like a veil taken off my eyes, I now see and love and experience God, and it changed my world from the deepest pit of my being to everything on the outside of me.

There is nothing better than Him. Nothing.

Now, I want every part of my life, my heart, my soul, my being, my world, to be His and His alone. To be guided, directed and kept by Him. To be in His hands. There’s some sense of false happiness in trying to control your whole world on your own and not letting your Shepherd, the One who created you, take you in His arms and hold you and love you and guide your life because He knows what’s best. It’s a sense of false happiness because we weren’t created for that, we were created for Him. We weren’t created to hold onto the materials that this world has to offer, we were created to cling to Him.

And trust me, he is beautiful. You want to be in His hands. His hands are sweet and loving and tender.

So, God is delicious. He makes life delicious for those who know and love Him.

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:10, ESV

You know what else is delicious? Food.

And guess who created food?

…Well, I think you get the picture here.

Like I was saying, knowing God has made the world around me so vibrant with colour, so intense with love, so beautiful. So delicious! I look at food completely different, because food is a reflection of God’s loving providence, care, and creativity! How fruits and vegetables have different colours, textures, tastes, nutrient compounds. How some fruits grow on trees, others from the ground. The variety and tastes blows my mind! They are pleasing to look at and they are delightfully delicious. They nurture our minds and keeps our bodies healthy. I have this awe-stricken relationship with food, and I love chopping and cooking and baking things so much now that I see God in the vast variety of foods. I love food, because I love the One who creates and provides food. So, I wanted to share on this blog foods I make, foods I experience, and how it connects us with a loving, majestic Creator that is Jesus Christ. He blows my mind, and hopefully your mind can be blown too as you see and appreciate the beauty in food around you!