The phrase is seems so easy to read but, the meaning like the picture is incredibly blurry.
It’s easy to live LOVED. i mean we do it everyday, every second of each day. Our incredibly loving Father in Heaven loves our every aspect.
But… then what does it mean to live LOVE? see you’d think its simple. just live like God!! well wait.. how would God live? … uhm with love right? It just becomes this endless circle of “sunday school” answers. The scary part is, do we really KNOW what Love is? I mean sure “God is Love” (as stated in 1 John) but …. what does that really mean?
OH Well there’s always that one passage “Love is patient, Love is kind, blah blah blah” … that’s a given.. but, i realized.. I don’t really live that way. I can become impatient with slow classmates, I’m tempted to be jealous and envy others… All of a sudden living love.. is so complicated. This whole idea of love and God… aren’t so clear to me anymore. Maybe.. Love.. isn’t really an emotion. It’s an action.
I don’t really know what the point of this post is… just a little thought my sunday school teacher planted into this crazy little mind of mine and hopefully I planted into yours too…
Jesus. God. Messiah. Holy One. Redeemer. Best Friend. King of Kings. Prince of Peace. Defender. Savior. The list goes on. These names are names of the one who loves. who saves. who cares. I think we often forget how powerful and might and just great His name is. We forgot what His name should mean to us. I know I do.
After hearing the song “Your Great Name”, I really remembered why and how His name is just so powerful.
These things happen at just the SOUND of His name
Lost are saved. He has saved us.
All condemned feel no shame. He is our security
Every fear has no place. We don’t have to fear when God is there comforting us.
The enemy, he has to leave. Our enemies don’t stand a chance against God.
All the weak find their strength He is our strength
Hungry souls receive grace His name is food to our hunger
The fatherless they find their rest. Those abandoned can find shelter in Him
Sick are healed. The dead are raised. He will protect us.
I encourage you guys. Remember this: His name is so much more than just a word that we can throw around. His name is His promise to us.
So. School officially has started. And I’ve officially lost my social life. And sadly, I’m finding myself slip away from God too. Throughout the past what, two weeks? I couldn’t help but complain to myself and other: “UGH I HAVE SO MUCH HOMEORK” or “KILL ME NOW” “IM KINDA DONE WITH SCHOOL NOW” hehe… I also found myself not being able to “find time for God”. Now that I think about it, How stupid is that? How can I Not “find time for God” when God was the one who created time. The one who gave me a chance to be free to think to do. Why in the worlddd am I complaining as if I can’t do anything. SMH at myself XD. One of my friends told me that this one guy would pray for an hour a day when he wasn’t busy. But, when he was really busy, he would pray for four hours because that way he could depend on God to get him where he needed to be. When I heard that, I was like.. wow.. how can I expect stuff from God when I don’t even try? Everything is Possible. I just need an open heart that’s seeking for God. Why?
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" – Philippians 4:13
I encourage you guys and myself. Next time you feel so weak and just done with everything, think of life as a mission. And since our God is with us, our mission is possible :) GOD BLESS YOU ALL <3
Empty My Hands
Sometimes, we just need to let go. Let go of everything. Let go of our pride, our pain, our suffering, our dreams, our successes, our failures. Why? We don’t need these things in our life. They don’t lift us up. They only tear us apart and bring us further from our Father. It’s weird. Why do we hold on to all these worldly desires when they’re so hard to hold onto in the first place. How do we let go of them?
For me, I struggle with letting go of my reputation and pride. I built up so much of myself so that people can see me as such a happy person who can do this and that and loves this and that. But, that’s not really who I am. I make mistakes when others don’t see me. I cry. I fail. I hurt. I don’t know how to be me. I mean how can I even do that when I don’t know who “me” is? You know.. it took me so long but I realized all I have to do it let go. Let go and trust God. Not only trust God, but WANT Him. I need to hunger and thirst for Him. Matthew 5:6 says: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Lord, empty my hands, fill up my heart, capture my mind with you. I want to want you. Help me let go of my pride and my pain so that I can focus on you and what you’ve done for me. Rid me of all these barriers.
I could easily go off on many tangents on this topic but I’ll save that for later heeh :) Remember our God is awesome. He will be there to catch you when you fall. He is the only one who can completely complete us.
"Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you." - Psalm 9:10
Haha oh goodness.. I can’t believe school starts in less than a week. T.T. After retrieving my schedule for the upcoming year, I went through all the AP/SAT books that our family just happens to have and this year I’m going to be needing many of them.. The more I thought about it .. The more stressed I became. I felt terrified of school.. scared that this year would be too much for me to handle.. I decided to flip through my Bible just to see if it would be of any help. and Wow. This was the verse I just happened to stumble upon:
Deuteronomy 31: 6
Be Strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
After reading that, I realized… who am I to worry? God would never present me with anything I can’t handle. The Lord of the universe is My God and He’ll never leave me. Remember that. Our awesome awesome God already has a plan for us. We just need to be strong and trust Him. He’ll always be by our side. A to the men. hehe.
Come at me life. I got God on my side. hehe :)
The Light Meets the Dark.
Darkness is the lack of light. Sin is the lack of God. God is light. We are darkness. We sin. But wait this doesn’t make sense. How can the light meet darkness if they’re opposites? they can’t. That’s the beauty of salvation. God can’t be in a place where sin is. Thats why He sent his son to die for us. He wanted to be with us. God sent his son to save the world through him (john 3:17) not to condemn the world. You see God’s love is light. It’s a light that shines through our dark darkhearts that are full of sin and hatred. When we believe in Him though we don’t have to be dark we can be light with Him. Light and Salt to the Earth. And that my friends. is how the Light meets the dark. cool huh?
You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.
'Cause this is not about what you've done,
But what’s been done for you.
This is not about where you’ve been,
But where your brokenness brings you to
This is not about what you feel,
But what He felt to forgive you,
And what He felt to make you loved.
-tenth avenue north
We all have our own stories of turmoil and distress where we’ve failed and failed over and over again. I’ve been through it too. It’s so difficult even with God. But all I know is it was way easier with Him there than without. This song. This song is truth. Mike Donehey, the lead singer of this band, said in a video. If we’re good we’re more than our successes and if we’re bad we’re more than our failures. You know why? This is why. We are the sum of God’s love for us. Everything else that we’ve done doesnt matter. It’s what Christ did for us that makes us who we are. We aren’t sinners that are saved. We are Saints that sin. We aren’t struggling to be free. We are free to struggle. Thank you God. For loving us. Despite all the pain we caused you.
1 John 4:10-
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
You my friend are loved. Dont ever forget that.