Happy Wednesday, everybody!! 🙂
Happy Wednesday, everybody!! 🙂
“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” –Romans 3:20-24
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” –Psalm 20:7
This weekend, I graduate high school. “Craaaazy” doesn’t begin to describe it! I’ve typed so many words, asked so many questions, taken so many exams, used up so many pieces of scratch paper studying for math tests, and worked so hard. School is a huge part of my identity, and it’s so easy for me to fall into the mindset that my report card reflects my success level at life.
But it doesn’t. Here’s what I’m learning:
No matter how hard I try, how many thousands of words I write, how many exams I take…it isn’t enough to earn my way to heaven or to earn my Lord’s approval.
Ten years from now, nobody is going to care that my community college HIST 100 paper on Preston Brookes got a 100%.
And that shakes my identity a bit. School is something I can point at and say, “Look what I did! I earned that grade! I got that score!” And when I fail the quiz, mess up on the paper, or forget to take good notes during class, I feel like my identity is falling apart. I feel like I must earn my way to heaven as if life were a class and God was the teacher.
But the reality is that I cannot earn my way to heaven or even to God’s approval. I can’t.
Thankfully, I know the One who can.
My Savior died for me so that I could live with him forever.
My Savior is Jesus Christ.
Not straight As, not a glowing report card, not a cute boyfriend, not trendy Instagram pictures, not a perfect squad group of friends…because these things, while all nice, will fade away in the end.
The One who saved me will never fade away. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, and never fails (see 1 Corinthians 13).
So today I rejoice in finishing up high school (!!!!!!!!), but I also rejoice in the salvation of my soul, for all eternity, by the Righteous One who wraps me in his righteousness and bounty.
Happy Saturday, my friends!! 🙂
Happly Saturday, everyone! 🙂
“Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.” –2 Timothy 2:11-13
How often do I measure my Lord by my standards? I worry that he will fail me, leave me, forget about me, or stop loving me. This passage reminds me that through it all, he remains faithful.
Today, let’s be on the lookout for glimmers of God’s faithfulness in our worlds and in the world around us. He is sovereign over every test, every job, every heart beat, and every breath. Let’s acknowledge and praise him for his stunning faithfulness.
Today, let’s seek him in the tough spots. He will never leave us. He is faithful. If we have accepted Christ, we are God’s, and no person//no thing can ever separate us from his love (see Romans 8)!!
Happy Wednesday, my friends! Let’s rejoice in the Faithful One and glorify him as we draw close to him and allow his presence to flood today. Yay! 🙂
“Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!” –Psalm 66:20
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.” –Psalm 143:8a
Jesus loves me…even when.
Even when I’m drowning in homework.
Even when my room is a mess.
Even when I feel like I have zero friends.
Even when I make stupid choices.
Even when I’m in a terrible mood.
Even on a bad hair day.
Even on the worst day of my life.
Even when I’m tired.
Even when I’m thrilled.
Even on the best day of my life.
Even on a beautiful Saturday.
…nothing (no. thing.) can stop Jesus’s love for me, or Jesus’s love for you.
Let’s set our minds on that today!
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 8:38-39
Happy Saturday!! 🙂
Lately I’ve been thinking about worship. How do we cultivate a life of worship in a world that’s so consumed with self worth, self love, and basically just self?
That’s a pretty big question for a Wednesday morning. So let’s just focus on one aspect right now: prayer. Prayer is so crucial to connect with our Father God and to worship him in spirit & truth, as he commands us to do in his Word (see John 3).
I saw this beautiful prayer in my devotional today (the devotional book is from She Reads Truth & is called “Open Your Bible”…go check it out!):
“Father, forgive me for the times I’ve sought You in pursuit of a “good day,” when what You have to offer me is a good life.
Forgive me for the times I’ve sought to serve myself in the Book that teaches me to serve You.
By your Holy Spirit, grant me the grace and discernment to apply Scripture appropriately.
I love this prayer! Doesn’t worship begin the moment we cast our eyes on our King instead of on ourselves?
So today, let’s worship God by focusing on him. Let’s realize that each word in the Bible is a reflection of the Word.
Let’s enjoy the beautiful creation around us, knowing that it was crafted by the One who gave his all to spend eternity with us if we choose him.
And deep in our souls, let’s be at peace because Peace himself is with us, and nothing can take us away from his love (see Romans 8).
As we start to dwell on who Abba is instead of thinking of ourselves, we will begin to dwell in worship. 🙂
Happy Wednesday, my friends!