Same God

So, here I am again, having gone on a long hiatus from blogging. Whoops… Life happens I guess.

And here I am at 1:50 am wide awake, mind racing. So all of you get to benefit (or suffer through) whatever this post may become.

I love music. It should come as no surprise. I’ve used song lyrics and music videos in many of my posts. I love the way music can so easily reflect what I am feeling. How lines in a song, or sometimes entire songs, can say what my heart and head can’t make sense of. I love the rhythm of songs, the chorus and repetition.

I was a band geek in high school. That shouldn’t surprise you one bit. I love music. music with lyrics, music without. Music with up beat rhythms or slower.

Don’t ask me the name. Don’t ask me all the lyrics most times. I probably don’t know. In my head I’m somewhere else when I’m listening to music. I notice the instruments, I notice the repetition, I notice the message. And eventually, after hearing the same song a thousand times, I pick up enough to find the song.

Today’s song is different. I am sure I’ve heard it a few times before, but the first time I really heard it; the first time I heard it and actually heard the words; it stopped me dead in my train of thought. It stopped me dead in the feelings I was unable to explain. As I listened to the song, tears falling, it brought me to my knees praying because of how God was using the song to speak to me. And since that day, this song has been one of those life-describing, where-I-am-at songs.

This song so best describes what I can’t say myself.

It came on hours after receiving a difficult email: a friend-like-family was being put on hospice. A young man whose life is, as many would say, “being cut short.” A young man I’ve watched grow up the past few years. A young man who is like a little brother. The email described the time their family is entering, described as fearless dying. The email described their hope, their trust in God and their knowledge that he is there.

Here I was struggling with my own feelings of grief, and this song came up on the radio echoing the family’s words.

So take all the fear and doubt
Go on and lay them down

Everything happens for a reason
There’s a time, there’s a place
For every season
He knows what’s best for you
So don’t be afraid

This song came into my life during a time where I was feeling very introspective, looking back on the last several months. It came on just as I was realizing how God really has been working in my life. I knew he was there, I knew he was working, but I LOVE looking back and seeing how it all ties together.

The same God who was with you then is with you now
The same God who led you in will lead you out

God hasn’t gone anywhere. He isn’t going anywhere. Even if we begin to question the “why” of hard times. Even in the face of death and illness. He’s there. He’s got a plan. It may not make sense today, but God has you.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever Hebrews 13:8

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Life has been good the last few months. I have seen God at work in some amazing ways. He has blessed me with an amazing community– something a year ago I ached for, I cried out to God for. He has brought me through.

Praying you can see how the Same God is with you today, that was with you then. Praying you can see how the Same God is working in your life.

 The Same God lyrics are property of Newsong. All rights reserved.

Day 26: Five Minute Friday: Voice

Today I am linking up with 5 minute Friday over with Lisa-Jo Baker.

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Just five minutes of blogging.

Lisa-Jo puts it up a topic a minute after midnight on Fridays. I wasn’t able to stay up that late last night due to the dreaded colds that come with winter, so here is mine, 25 minutes after 12…noon… 🙂

Voice

One of my favorite books is called The Voice. I’m drawing a blank as to who it is by and my five minute timer may go off before I’m able to. But you should look for it. I will try to update later who it is by.

It’s a picture book. But I would say it’s probably aimed more at older children.

I love it, and I’m 27.

The cover of the book shows a guy sitting in a boat. As the story goes on This guy (who is never named) is fishing. The Voice starts talking to him, telling him that He loves him.

The guy tells the voice to go away, he’s fishing.

Soon the boat springs a leak and the guy blames the Voice. He plugs it with a foot and other hole appears.

The boat begins to sink and the Voice says: Follow Me.

In the end the Voice convinces the guy to get out of his boat and follow him. The guy takes a big breath and pulls his feet out. The next page is black indicating that the guy has closed his eyes. The Voice tells him to open them and when he does we see that he is walking on water.

Obviously the Voice is Jesus.

I love how Jesus calls us.

How he calls us to follow Him.

And this guy shows the emotions that we all so often feel when God is calling us to some uncharted territory: Fear. Distrust. And sometimes we blame God when doors get closed.

But like the guy realizes at the end of the book: When we trust and follow God, we can walk on water!

What is God calling you to step out into? What ways are God asking you to Follow Him?

Stop

Amazon came through just in the knick of time!

 

 

Day 17: The Shape of My Bible

A Bible teacher once told us that you can tell a lot about a person’s favorite book of the Bible by looking at the pages when the book is closed. If you read a particular book more than another, or a particular part of the Bible more than another, you’ll notice that the pages are rougher, that they have a discoloration or have lost their gold or silver lining.

He then went on to tell us to look at our Grandparent’s Bible and most likely they would be reading Psalms. He said a lot of elderly read Psalms because they talk about hope in times of dispair.

We all took turns looking at each other’s Bibles trying to guess the other’s favorite book. Mine was and is hands down Psalms…

So maybe I am like this stereotypical elderly person my teacher talked about. But I think its most likely because Psalms talks so much about trusting God.

“…the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory….
O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!” 
Psalm 84:11-12

“Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” Psalm 2:12

It talks about how God fights for us.

Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them. Psalm 35:6

And they teach us how to pray. (thats what the psalms are after all!)

I love the imagery of God fighting for me.

And I need daily reminders that I should trust in God. Trust is something I struggle with.

I love the Psalms. In my prayer journal I always include a psalms that I have read. I find comfort, joy, and hope in the psalms no matter what is going on my life.

What book is your favorite book of the Bible?

 

31 Days: Day 11

I haven’t felt like myself in a while. There are a few people here and there that I can really and truly be me, but they are few and far between.

I am living far away from my family and my closest friends. I wont lie, I have lived far away from family for a while. But for some reason here, where I am now, I don’t have a community that I can really lean on and depend on.

I think in some way I always feel like I have to be on the defense. Like everything I do is being questioned.

Not because I have been up to no good or anything. I’m not certain why.

But whatever the case… I think back to times when I felt like could be myself. I think back to places where being my true self came easily. And it all comes down to community, honest, true community.

As Christians we are called to be in community. We are not called to be alone. The Bible tells us to never give up meeting together (Hebrews 10:25). We are compared to a body, each of us being a different part, we need each other (1 Corinthians 12). We are called to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). God has numerous commands that we should love one another.

We can’t very well love, carry burdens or meet together with out that “another,” without community.

Communities are called to love, encourage, bear burdens, and care for one another. And all of that requires trust. It requires that one another can trust. That one another wont judge, gossip or put down.

So why don’t I feel like I have that? I am not certain.

Maybe I have purposely taken myself out of the community that is here. Maybe I haven’t let my guard down and allowed myself to be a part of the community. Whatever the case my prayer is that I can find community. That I can find a place, a way, to be the me that God created me to be without feeling like I have to change.

In what ways to you find community?

31 Days: Day 9

What does it mean to have faith??

Often we hear people talk about faith in and out of the realm of Christianity. “Have faith” they may say. “Oh ye of little faith.”

Even those who are not Christian have faith.

Faith that their chair will not collapse on them. Faith that their car will get them where they are going, that it wont burn up or have some other major problem. We have faith in the contractors and builders of tall skyscrapers that they will be sound buildings, that those buildings will not just fall over one day. We have faith that as we walk around a big city the buildings wont collapse. We have faith that trees wont fall on us as we are walking. We have faith that our stoves don’t have a gas leak that may cause it to explode the next time we turn it on.

Are you paranoid yet??

They all seem like such common things.It’s not every day that a gas leak causes an explosion. Trees don’t just fall over. Of course the chair wont collapse, they wouldn’t sell it if it could collapse buildings wont fall over, contractors and builders know that they are doing.

Our God created us. Our loving Heavenly Father created us. And thus he wants what’s best for us. Should we not have faith in Him like we do the chairs we sit on? Or the buildings we enter? We were created by a creator that’s better than any builder.

I was given a “praise stick” not too long ago that reads:

God Keeps His Promises

What promises does God give us?

He promises to always take care of us. He promises that he’ll never leave us. He promises that he has a plan for our lives that will give us hope and not harm us.

Companies promise that their chairs wont break upon sitting on them, that their buildings wont fall or collapse.

Which promises will you put your trust in?

TRUST

It’s something I’m learning these days. As I trust that God DOES have a plan for my life. As I wait patiently (or not so patiently, depending on the day) for Him to show me his plan. It’s something I’m learning these days as He’s all I have to depend on.

Which promises will I trust in?

God Keeps His Promises

I wrote this post a few months ago.

While in the midst of a job hunt and crazy life transitions.  But it’s still very relevant today.

God Keeps His Promises

The Last few months God has shown me over and over again, even as man’s sinful nature gets in the way that He keeps his promises. He has a plan.

I’m trusting in the promises of One much greater than I. I’m resting on the assurance that He cares for me. So onward I go.